KUALA LUMPUR: The Selangor Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) will be approaching the state government with a more concrete plan on trap-neuter-release-manage programme soon.
Its president Christine Chin said the society had prepared a working paper on the matter and hope to present it to the state authorities soon.
She said Selangor Mentri Besar Azmin Ali was quite receptive to the idea when he was approached earlier in the year.
“We met in January and he was interested.
“He asked us to liaise with the executive councillor in charge of local government Ean Yong Hian Wah,” she said.
Chin said the society hoped to implement the pilot programme in Selangor before introducing it nationwide.
She said the programme had been practised in many countries and had been found to be a more effective method.
“When the strays are caught and killed, more just comes into the area.
“But with the new programme, the community can play a role by bringing in the animals to be spayed and by creating a specific place where they are fed,” she said.
Chin said by ensuring that the animals did not reproduce and were fed, the community could ensure that the stray population can be controlled.
“Dogs especially, when they are fed, become more friendly and tame.
“They also protect their area so that no new strays will enter their housing area,” she said.
Chin said the society was ready to help the local councils and communities that agree to adopt the new method.
SPCA patron Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye said the issue of stray animals arose because of the failure of state governments to learn effective, sustainable and humane methods to control the stray population.
“The current method of catch and kill is practised all over Malaysia but this method is not only ineffective, unsustainable and inhumane, but it is also not socially acceptable,” he said.
He added that the current practice was also expensive and was not a long-term solution.