MIRI: The Miri City Council launched a large-scale campaign against animal cruelty here on Wednesday (May 22).
The campaign, organised in tandem with the Malaysian Animal Welfare Association (Mawa) and a group of concerned citizens from the Miri Humane Society, aims to inculcate kindness towards animals and stop cruel treatment towards these creatures.
Mayor Adam Yii said Miri is striving to be a healthy resort city and animal welfare had to be addressed in a holistic manner.
"There have been increasing complaints about cruelty towards animals in homes and even those selling animals for commercial purposes in Miri.
"There are people and traders keeping animals and pets in tiny cages and tying them up in short chains for prolonged periods," he said.
He urged pet shops in Miri to keep the animals in humane conditions.
"Stop confining animals in small cages and use open-type enclosures… to replace small cages when keeping pets for sale," said Yii.
Yii added he had received complaints from expatriates as well as media reports on cases of pet owners dumping animals on the streets.
"In fact this is one of the main factor that had caused the rabies outbreak.
"Animals dumped on the streets or kept in cruel conditions are prone to diseases and this in turn has an impact on humans too," he said at the launch at the city council on Wednesday (May 22).
He said they, together with Mawa and others from the Miri Humane Society would launch campaigns to get people to love their pets and keep them in more humane conditions.
"Curtin Malaysia and other education bodies are also taking part," he added.
Among the initiatives are posters to be displayed in public places and holding educational talks in schools and universities.