‘Better to neuter strays’ (5.6.15)

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SELANGOR SPCA patron Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye has called on state governments to direct all local authorities to abandon plans to catch and destroy stray dogs, and to start a Trap-Neuter-Release-Manage (TNRM) programme instead.

According to the animal shelter, the state governments should set aside funding for this humane and non-controversial approach to dealing with strays.

They should also work with non-governmental organisations, which can provide assistance to the district councils, to help implement the TNRM programme.

It added that state governments could also seek the cooperation of private veterinarians to conduct the TNRM programme at a low rate with the help of private sponsorship.

“I am pleased to note that the Tanjung Malim District Council decided to halt its ‘one dog RM10’ campaign to hunt down strays in the district, following protests from animal lovers and various NGOs.

“The council’s decision is outrageous and it should not have been introduced in the first place as the approach is inhumane, highly controversial and can be exploited by irresponsible individuals for personal gain,” he said.

SPCA added that complaints about ferocious strays aside, the problem must be dealt with humanely, befitting a nation which is in the process of introducing an Animal Welfare Bill awaiting approval from Parliament.

“Catching and killing of strays as allowed by the local authority by-laws, even if no payment offer is made, is cruel and barbaric, which must never be condoned in a civil society.

“Selangor SPCA is prepared to offer its advisory services and provide workable solutions to local authorities to combat population of strays,” he said, adding that Selangor SPCA president Christine Chin would map out workable plans which aim to educate the community particularly pet owners, as well as form TNRM ground teams of stray rescuers.

“Meanwhile, I urge the Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri to seek an early parliamentary approval of the proposed Animal Welfare Bill as it is long overdue.

“In light of impending action by local authorities against strays, the passage of this Bill becomes more urgent and critical,” he said.

Source: The Star

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