Nepal: Government Presented With First Ever Animal Welfare Petition (For the Donkeys)

GOOD NEWS UPDATE – 27/05/09 – Nepal Donkey Petition.



See our post of 12th May:

The news of 27th May is that the Nepalese Government has now been presented with ITS FIRST EVER PETITION FOR ANIMAL WELFARE !

Thanks to everyone who signed the petition for the donkeys.  We now hope that the government will act.  YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE.



Dear friends,

Thanks you for signing the Stop Donkey Misery in Nepal petition on!

Last week we handed over the petition and more than 1000 signatures to the Ministry of Agriculture. It was the first time in the history of Nepal that the Ministry received a petition related to animal welfare. We believe the petition will have an impact, especially when we keep on lobbying and pressurising. For now we will close the petition.

You find more info about our work with abused donkeys on

Thanking you for your support,

Lucia de Vries

Volunteer Director Animal Nepal


Over 1000 signatures to ‘Stop donkey misery in Nepal’ submitted to the Agriculture Ministry

Animal Welfare Network Nepal (AWNN) on May 19, 2009 handed over a petition signed by over a thousand people from all over the world to stop donkey abuse to the Joint Secretary at the Ministry for Agriculture and Cooperatives, Dr Hari Dahal. The petition titled ‘Stop donkey misery in Nepal’ was signed by 1036 people from countries like Nepal, India, US, UK, Italy, Australia, France, Germany, Norway, Mexico, Canada, South Africa, Netherlands, Belgium and others.

Pramada hands over donkey petition

Pramada hands Over the Donkey Petition

The purpose of the signature campaign is to raise awareness to stop cruelty on working animals like donkeys. The petition demands concerned authorities and donkey owners to introduce a care system for these animals that suffer from malnutrition, open sores, lacerations, and general neglect.

Members of AWNN also urged the Joint Secretary to implement the Animal Transportation Act and wished to participate in drafting of the Animal Welfare Act. Mr Dahal was positive about these concerns and expressed commitment to take initiative on monitoring the execution of the Animal Transportation Act or the Pasu Dhuwani Mapdanda 2064. AWNN Chairperson Pramada Shah, after handing over the petition hoped that the ministry would cooperate in raising animal welfare issues and that the Animal Welfare Act would soon be drafted.

Established in 2008, AWNN is a network of six genuine animal welfare organisations that work to increase the effectiveness of animal welfare in the country. AWNN’s vision is to create a cruelty free society in which all creatures can live in peace.

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