The fire broke out at Om Agriculture Farm in Gokarneshowr Municiaplity-1; Kathmandu on 17th of June, killing 81 cows, including lactating, pregnant cows and calves.
As per our information source, the fire started around 11am due to an electrical short circuit. It was under control within two hours through the joint efforts of the Nepal Army and Nepal Police. After the catastrophe was brought under control, it was possible to ascertain the loss of livestock and infrastructure, which was immense.
Tons of animal feed, generators and cow sheds were destroyed by the fire. Out of 122 Cows, only 41 remained alive suffering as a result of severe burns and other injuries. All of the injured cows are undergoing medical treatment via a joint team comprising Sneha’s Care, Central Veterinary Office and Department of Livestock. Sneha’s Care has been supporting the dairy cow farm since the day of the incident, by visiting every day and helping the cows towards a speedy recovery.
The veterinarians are focusing on reducing the pain experienced by the burnt cows and calves. Providing them with much relief. I think it was the negligence of the owner that resulted in the fire, as he kept his cows in a building which was designed for the poultry. So, the ceiling of the house is rather low and once the fire broke out, spreading quickly resulting in great difficulty in rescuing the animals. Up until the day I visited, only 7 of the injured cows remained. The others had died through trauma and immense suffering.
Shenpen is thrilled to support our project partner in saving our national animal:
The Cow! The Vedic sages’ referred to it as ‘The Mother, the Source of Nourishment of all Creation.’
We need, in a special way, to work twice as hard to help people to understand that the animals are fellow sentient creatures, that we must protect them and love them as we love ourselves.