Thursday, 26 September 2013


Representatives from the Humane Society International together with the Lilongwe Society for the Protection and Care of Animals conducted a 3 day training at the Malawi Police, Lilongwe Headquarters. The training was from the 23rd of September, 2013 to the 25th of September, 2013.  Its main aim was to teach the attendants on how to capture stray animals and how to investigate on animal abuse. Present were representatives from the Police, Malawi Veterinary Association, Wildlife Society and the Department of Animal Health and Livestock Development.  The facilitator of the training was Soham Mukherje from the Humane Society International.

Soham said the concept was to raise the standards of animal welfare in developing countries.  the main focus of the training were dogs.  The first presentation was on stray dogs catching, which are the most difficult to catch.  The personnel should always catch dogs safely and humanely.  Team effort is also required.  The capturing techniques are non-invasive, which is a quiet and calm way used to catch friendly animals, and using equipment to aggressive animals.  examples of the equipment used are slip leads, cage traps and chemicals.

a guide to safely and humanely evaluate, approach and remove animals was also presented.  The objective of this was to learn how to evaluate your surrounding, humanely handle the animals, protect yourself and others and remove the animal.  The calming techniques that are used are speaking softly,  lowering your stature, offering a hand to stiff and not approaching with equipment.  when removing the animals after capturing, one needs to identify the exit, observe who is in close proximity and communicate needs and intentions with team mates.  The tools required are hands and gloves, towel and slip lead, net and control pole and life trap and immobilization, and the techniques are supporting the animals bodies, securing ones hold and protecting yourself as well as identifying the animals defense method.

Soham also taught on how to write investigative reports, what to include and layout.  By the end of the training, the trainees practiced on how to approaching , capturing and handling animals.

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