Domestic animals to be recorded

- Anup Ojha, Kathmandu
Domestic animals to be recorded

Jul 19, 2015-

In a bid to control the ever increasing number of stray animals on the streets of Kathmandu Valley, the Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) is planning

to make it mandatory to register the name of owners of domestic animals by the end of the month.

Since stray animals have long been a public nuisance in the Valley, the KMC is taking this initiation after it failed to control stray animals with its auction programme that it used to carry out every Sunday. The stray animals were collected from various places in the Valley before putting them on auction in a bid to take them off the streets.

According to KMC officials, this new drive will effectively control stray animals on the streets. “We will publish a public notice within this week inviting owners of animals to register their names along with the number of cattle they possess,” said Dhanapati Sapkota, chief of the Implementation Department at KMC. The metropolis has already collected data of 125 cow sheds. KMC estimates that around 1,500 domestic animals are kept inside the metropolis.

Stray cattle such as cow, ox and calf occupying the roads are a common site in Kathmandu. They not only disrupt the traffic, but sometimes cause road accidents, and keep the city untidy. “Another major problem is that these cattle are creating problem in KMC’s valley greenery campaign by destroying saplings planted in several sections of the roads,” said Sapkota. Male bovine, old and ill cows are usually abandoned by their owners.

KMC officials say they will be punishing cattle owners who do not register their names in its office. Traffic police and animal rights activists have welcomed the move of the metropolis.

Published: 20-07-2015 07:59

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