MIRI: Pet stores in Sarawak are being accused of animal cruelty, with numerous complaints that the animals are kept in cages so small, they hardly have room to move around.
These complaints came from locals and foreign expatriates living in Miri city and other parts of the state.
The Star received the latest complaint about this situation in Miri from a foreigner who has been working here.
This is the umpteen time that such animal-cruelty complaints have been received, and such complaints had always been forwarded to Miri mayor Adam Yii.
“However, there seems to be no action taken by the Miri City Council or other government agencies on such cruelty.
“Are there no laws at all in Miri or Sarawak to govern the way animals are kept or sold in pet shops?
“How can we claim to be a civilised society if such inhumane treatment of animals is allowed to persist?” asked the expat who only wanted to be known as Patrick.
Patrick said that he had visited the shops in Miri and seen animals like kittens, cats, puppies, small-breed dogs and rabbits crammed into tiny cages.
“These poor creatures cannot even move around. I noticed they are kept like this for months.
“I have tried taking pictures and videos but the workers always stop me,” he said.
When contacted, Datin Dona Drury Wee, who is president of Sarawak Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SSPCA), said the society had received many similar animal-cruelty complaints not just for Miri but also other parts of the state, including Kuching.
“Whenever we received such complaints we will forward them to the local councils and Veterinary Department if it involves domesticated animals, or to the wildlife authorities if it involves wildlife species.
“However, it is frustrating that such cases continue to persist.
“The enforcement on humane-treatment of animals must be stricter,” she said.
Wee suggested forwarding such complaints to the state government’s TaliKhidmat Centre, which serves as a one-stop centre to receive complaints and feedback on matters of public concern and channel them to the authorities.
In an email response to the complaint, TaliKhlidmat said they will look into the matter.
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