KLANG: An animal rescuer has filed an injunction at the Ipoh High Court to prevent a local authority from shooting streay dogs.
Malaysian Animal Welfare Association founder S. Mukunan filed the urgent ex-parte application after sighting a Manjung Municipal Council circular on a stray dog-shooting exercise from July 1 to July 4 as well as July 6 to July 11.
“The hearing for my application will be on July 7 at 11am and it will be followed by a subsequent application for judicial review" said Mukunan, who added that he hopes animal lovers will be present in court for the hearing as a show of support.
He added that shooting stray dogs is an ineffective and outdated way to curb overpopulation, saying that it would only cause pain and suffering.
Mukunan said that the Trap-Neuter-Return-Manage (TNRM) method is a better way of managing the population of stray dogs.
“Our key focus is to get TNRM endorsed throughout Malaysia, as well as to initiate more awareness campaigns," he said, adding that dogs that are shot are generally in great pain before they finally die.
Mukunan also urged the authorities to closely work with animal welfare NGOs to explore a more humane and economical method.
“We are willing to help. We do not want to see the brutal killing of these pitiful animals that end up becoming strays because of human irresponsibility," he added.
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