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Archive for 2014


New website Camels of Rajasthan

In time for the Pushkar Fair, LPPS has launched a new website called Camels of Rajasthan which calls for a new vision to save the camel instead of just banning its movements across state borders. The website also features an on-line exhibition of images illustrating Rajasthan’s camel culture, many of them by some of the world’s finest photographers. Please visit and show your support!


Please sign our petition against the planned “Rajasthan Camel Bill, 2014”

While we are delighted that the Rajasthan Cabinet has decided to declare the camel “state animal”, we are not happy with the draft “Rajasthan Camel (Prohibition of Slaughter and Regulation of Temporary Migration or Export), Bill, 2014”  as we believe it will increase camel suffering and quicken the decline of the camel population in Rajasthan, by removing all currently existing economic incentives for camel breeders.

Please go to to see and sign our petition against it.


Marwar Ratna Award – some pictures


LPPS director receiving award from His Highness, Mahrajah Gaj Singhji II of Jodhpur-Marwar.


HH Gaj Singhji II of Jodhpur-Marwar giving his speech about the history of Marwar

Award to IKR

LPPS advisor, Ilse Köhler-Rollefson, receiving the joint award from District Collector of Jodhpur.


Marwar Ratna Award for Hanwant Singh and Dr. Ilse Köhler-Rollefson

On the occassion of  the 556th Jodhpur Foundation Day and coronation year of H.H. Maharajah Shri Gaj Singhji Sahib of Marwar Jodhpur on 12th May, LPPS director Shri Hanwant Singh Rathore and LPPS advisor Dr. Ilse Köhler-Rollefson will be awarded with the 2013’s Marwar Ratna Award for Exceptional and Outsanding Contribution in the Field of Conservation, Preservation and Promotion of Regional Culture and Heritage by H.H. Maharaja Shri Gaj Singhji II of Marwar-Jodhpur.

This is a great recogntion for LPPS, as well as of the camel as a part of regional culture and heritage and sure augurs well for future LPPS work!


Some suggestions to the government on how to go about saving the camel…

Milking at Pushkar. compressed








In 2010, LPPS published a “Camel Value Addition Report” which emphasized the urgent need for taking steps to save the camels. This report listed a number of recommendations and now, about four years later, the government has taken the first step that we recommended. We believe that the other steps we listed are still valid, so here we publish the entire list, with comments/updates in bold:



  1. The camel should be declared as the State Animal of Rajasthan. Since many people, especially in the west, are fascinated by the camel, this would also increase Rajasthan’s attraction as a tourist destination. Such a move would certainly make international headlines. (YES, this has happened!)


  1. Protection and good maintenance of orans (sacred groves) is essential as nutritional foundation for camel herds. Furthermore, one or more camel sanctuaries should be established, and a provision for camels must be made in the planned Kumbhalgarh National Park. (This point is crucial! We suggest organising a state level consultation with camel breeders and officials, including from the Forest department and the Revenue department, to identify the “hot spots” and discuss how to go about protecting these areas.)


  1. The infrastructure for the collection and processing of camel milk should be put into place. A network of chilling tanks or plants would enable camel breeders to supply milk. In Jaisalmer district alone, there are 15,000 female camels which could produce at least as many litres of milk per day. Furthermore, camels provide milk just at the time when buffalo and cow milk is at its lowest. (This point is important to create economic incentives for keeping female camels and to prevent them from being sold for slaughter or just perish away due to neglect. We suggest that the first area of intervention should be Udaipur and Chittorgarh districts where camel milk is already sold, albeit very cheaply and not under its name.)


  1. A credit and loan programme for small enterprises based on camel products (wool, leather, bones, camel cafes, etc.) should be established. (We need not only credit and loan programmes, but to think about how to revive the multitude of camel related crafts. We also need research and development on camel raw materials, as well as design inputs!)


  1. A camel health care system is absolutely essential. So far, the animal husbandry system has not paid any attention to the camel. Considering that camels often stay in very remote areas, the best approach would be to establish a decentralised health care system. The role of vet. doctors would mainly be to train interested youths in treating the main camel diseases. (Absolutely essential! Many camels die because treatment for the two main diseases, mange and trypanosomiasis, is not available.)



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