Celebrate Nepal’s Full Year of No Poaching

Female Rhino

Target: President Ram Baran Yadav

Goal: Commend Nepal’s full year of no poaching

In many parts of the world where tigers, lions, elephants and rhinos roam the land, these majestic animals are often poached for their skins and horns. Many of these killings are illegal and despite efforts to counteract these poachers, there are still causalities. However on World Wildlife Day, March 3 2014, Nepal celebrated a full 365 days of no poaching. This means not a single tiger, elephant or rhino was killed. The entire country should be commended for this commitment to protecting wildlife.

This is the second year that Nepal has thwarted poaching. In 2011, the country experienced the same success, and only one rhino was killed in 2012. Nepal’s success in protecting its wildlife is due to the dedicated team of strong and committed leaders, a collaboration between law enforcement and park agencies, an effective engagement with the local communities, and the arrests of key players in the criminal chain. In 2013, Nepal made 700 arrests related to wildlife crime, and a joint operation between the Nepalese army and the special police led to the destruction of a rhino poaching network and the arrest of high profile wildlife criminal Buddhi Bahadur Praja.

The country has a zero tolerance policy towards poaching and other wildlife related crimes. The country’s forest law also empowers the district forest officers and wildlife wardens to impose sentences of up to 14 or 15 years, greatly discouraging would-be poachers. Poachers who are caught can be expected to be dealt with swiftly in Nepal, while other countries with similar problems face backlog.

The success in Nepal has lead to an increase in the tiger and rhino populations; rhinos experienced a 20% growth spurt, and tigers’ number went from 121 to 191 from 2009 to 2013. However, Nepal realizes that the increased wildlife population puts the nation at risk of heavily armed and foreign gangs entering to conduct illegal poaching. While Nepal has stated it will protect the animals at all cost, there are still looming risks. Whatever the case, other nations can follow Nepal’s example and hopefully our animals will be better protected.

Sign this petition and commend the country for its incredible commitment for these animals. It is due to Nepal’s efforts that tigers, rhinos and elephants can thrive there.


Dear President Ram Baran Yadav,

I want to congratulate your country for successfully protecting wildlife. In a year not a single tiger, rhino, or elephant was killed, and this extraordinary act should be commended. With reports buzzing about rampant poaching in Africa and parts of Asia, it is gratifying to hear that Nepal has successfully protected its animals.

I understand that the risk of poaching will forever hang over your country. However, what Nepal has is a functioning network of law enforcement and animal lovers. I believe that your country can fight against whatever obstacles come your way and Nepal is definitely a role model in the eyes of wildlife law enforcement. Please continue saving wildlife and know that you have my deepest regards.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. Nepal, you have taken conservation to a new height, and you have reached the milestone that none of the country in the world could do. The whole world need to learn of such a great example and accomplishment from your people. Well done.

  2. Deborah French says:

    The world thanks you!

  3. It should be more than one year

  4. Lisbeth Alvarado Sanchez says:

    Congratulations Nepal for doing the correct and humane thing to do. I hope others follow your example. “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated” Mahatma Gandhi.

  5. Mary fletcher says:

    Nepal you rock!!thank you for stepping up and doing the right thing.. Please help America now and sign this:)

    Here’s an official petition to the Whitehouse on the governments petition site:


    It’s asking Obama to ban euthanasia and save the 2 billion dollars we spend annually killing 5,500 dogs daily in Favor of tax breaks for vets to give free spay and neuters and cash voucher incentives to people who spay and neuter. This will quickly get our pet population under control and end the suffering of all these pets and Americans who love them. America must be proactive in solving our problems. More of the same isn’t working. Thank you! Please share.. Every signature is needed:)

    • KatWrangler says:

      I agree with using funds to spay/neuter rather then kill. It makes more sense and it’s utilizing money for the positive. But what about the 8,000 cats killed every day? What about allocating funds for TNR? Sure, I’m a cat person, but here in PA and when we lived in Tucson, I rescued, helped and just plain cared about all the homeless, forgotten cats AND dogs. And horses, pigs, goats …

      It should be Arizona Animal Law.
      “Pets” come in a few different species.
      Animal lovers fight for ALL animals.

  6. KatWrangler says:

    THIS IS BIG NEWS! Thank you, Nepal! Keep up the excellent work!

  7. Le Népal protège tout. Merci.

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