The Department of Livestock (DoL) received the prestigious award for “Institutionalising Compassion” at the 10th Asia for Animals Conference in Kathmandu, Nepal from December 2-5.

The award recognises the department’s contribution in improving animal welfare in the country and implementing the nationwide dog population management campaign.

DoL and Humane Society International (HSI) implemented a project to reduce and address increasing free-roaming dogs in Bhutan for nine years. Since 2009, more than 70,000 dogs were sterilised and vaccinated against rabies.

Bhutan has also made significant achievement technically in managing the dog population and animal welfare.

According to the organiser, the National Dog Population Management and Rabies Control Project (NDPM & RCP) is a unique example of successful collaboration between a government and animal welfare organisations.

More than 500 participants from 50 countries and 150 organisations attended conference themed Changing Human Behaviour.

An eight-member delegation from Bhutan led by Dr Karma Rinzin, the Chief Veterinary Officer attended the conference. HSI hosted the 4th project task force meeting of the third phase for NDPM & RCP on December 1.

Staff Reporter