Target: Nepali Prime Minister, Khil Raj Regmi
Goal: Stop the horrific treatment and neglect of animals in Kathmandu
Kathmandu is one of the world’s leaders in animal cruelty. The circumstances animals are forced to endure there make much of the world’s cruelty seem like refuge. For a long time economic circumstances were believed to be responsible, but recent discoveries by animal rights activists have raised serious concerns about Nepal’s capital.
On an average day in Kathmandu one can see stray cows, dogs, donkeys, and cats starving. More than 35,000 animals currently live on the streets. Most ultimately starve to death, but many are also killed by hit and run collisions with speeding vehicles that leave the animals to die. Parasites, infections, parvo, distemper, malnutrition, and dehydration continue to run rampant among the populations.
It had always been assumed that the failure to properly take care of these animals was the result of extreme poverty, but a recent video posted online by animal rights activists has led to further investigation of what is perhaps a much more serious problem. The video shows Nepali police shooting a dog for no reason and then beating it to death with bamboo sticks in full view of the public. Unfortunately, this was not an isolated incident. In fact, it has become quite common. Police and government organizations have even taken to poisoning these animals in large numbers.
The stray population can’t be attributed strictly to reproduction or poverty. Most of the animals have, or had, owners, but were either abandoned or left on the street because the owner believed their utility had ended. In a sense, they are on the streets because their owners do not care or because they believe their life no longer serves a purpose.
At the moment, there is nothing that can be done. There are no shelters, no rescues, and no places to take these animals when they are removed from the streets. Last year police attempted to help by rounding up all of the strays and making owners pay $60 for their return, but most of them were never rescued and the police were forced to release them all back into the city.
These animals should not be forced to struggle every day to survive because of the negligence of the humans surrounding them. There is no excuse for an entire city failing to provide them even basic protection. Please sign the petition below and demand that the Nepali government stop the cruelty now.
Dear Prime Minister Regmi,
Kathmandu is a city of some 700,000 people, yet it has no animal shelters or any means of rescuing animals at all, for that matter. There are currently more than 35,000 animals living on the streets. Most of them will starve to death or die of disease. Some will be involved in traffic accidents harming not only themselves, but humans as well. Police have been caught poisoning hundreds of dogs, senselessly shooting them, and beating them to death with sticks and clubs. There is absolutely no excuse for any of this.
Please do something to help these animals and give them the lives they deserve. They should not be left out on the streets by their owners to suffer and die. Many of your neighboring countries of encountered similar struggles in the past, yet have overcome them by creating a network of rescue operations, shelters, and also educating people about the value of the lives of animals. The same can be done for Nepal as well.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Siromani Dhungana via United We Blog