JOHOR BARU: The state government should round up all the strays throughout Johor, and spay or neuter them before releasing them back to the streets.
Tebrau MP Tebrau MP Steven Choong added that this method was much more effective than selling them off to South Korea as dog meat.
“Strays do not live long on the streets. Without new puppies, I think the stray population will reduce drastically in the next three to four years,” he added.
He added that the public should also be educated to refrain from buying pet dogs, but go for adoption instead.
“This will help to prevent the dumping of dogs onto our streets,” he said, urging the state government to adopt this method, as this will also eliminate rabies in the near future.
He added that the cost of spaying or neutering will be heavy in the first year, but will reduce significantly from the second year onwards.
“The state government should engage with animals NGOs to jointly work on the above recommendations,” he added.
He was commenting on Tanjung Surat assemblyman Datuk Syed Sis Syed A. Rahman’s idea to gather stray dogs and sell them to South Korea as dog meat.
Choong described the Umno assemblyman’s suggestion as preposterous.
“It is sad for the Rakyat to have voted an assemblyman to have such a mindset that is fitting for people of lesser education.
“It is because Umno had failed to attract intelligent Malays to lead and guide them that it is rejected by the people after 60 years in power,” he added.
Syed Sis had made his suggestion at the Johor state assembly. He said that since shooting dogs was cruel, they could gather them and export them to South Korea.
He said he was informed that South Korea slaughtered about two million dogs a year for meat, adding this could become a new revenue for Malaysia.
Syed Sis said he had received many complaints from villagers about stray dogs.
Animal rights group blasted the assemblyman for putting forward such an idea.