Chippy In Nepal
More than 20, 000 dogs live on the streets in urban Kathmandu. Over 35 000 street dogs live in the Kathmandu Valley (according to a 2006 survey by the KAT Centre and the Government of Nepal).
Every year, 200 people in Nepal die of rabies (most of whom are children), and 16 000 are treated for dog bites.
Chippy and Jasper will cover street dogs in an upcoming article, but while researching Nepal, Chippy came upon the plight of donkeys and children .... please read on.
Straight from Animalnepal.org's website:
Brick kilns dot the Kathmandu Valley like solitary oaks, often on fire, belching black smoke as they have done for decades. But on closer inspection one can see an unsettling scene much more serious then the environmental catastrophe these necessary but ugly brick pits pose...a picture of startling torture and abuse emerges...
Donkeys and Bricks
In addition to the child labor story that predominates these brick pits, is the untold story of donkeys and bricks, as these domestic animals are the backbone of brick production, working day and night hauling and heaving the heavy loads of materials that eventually become the foundation of the ever-expanding metropolis of Kathmandu. There are no laws that govern their treatment, and no labor party to represent their needs. There is only you.
IF WALLS COULD TALK
So you have just moved into your new construction, or redone your house to add that extra bedroom and kitchen for your son and his new wife. But what tales could be told if only walls spoke. These bricks would wail with the whimpering of a donkey, unprofessionally tethered to palettes of bricks, with bounds rubbing on open & infested wounds that cover most of its malnourished body. Donkeys of the brick pits work themselves into a painful grave, receiving no medical attention and just enough sustenance to get the awful job done. Yet these animals have made your home and business possible. See this photo slide show for more detail.
In Lalitpur District some 500 donkeys are employed in brick kilns. Their lives are miserable and short.
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its really shameful that the teenage child are working line the donkeys. It’s great to come across a blog every once in a while that isn’t the same out of date rehashed information. Although it took me time to read through all the comments, but I really enjoyed the article. Keep up the good work.
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