PETALING JAYA: The Manjung Municipal Council has been criticised over its dog-shooting operation which was later called off amid stricter amendments made to the Animal Welfare Act 2015.
Calling it “extremely inhuman,” animal welfare advocate Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye (pic) said it was appalling that the shooting order came from the local council.
“It is quite surprising that even with the stricter amendments made to the Animal Welfare Act 2015, this heinous act is still being done... by the local council authorities.
“The shooting order should be highly condemned. It is against the Act’s Section 30(1) that states that no animal may be killed by gun unless it is authorised by the veterinary authority in an emergency or for disease control.
“No prior reports have been made on the emergence of a disease or a dire emergency situation in the district of Manjung.
“It is extremely disappointing that such an order has been released by the local authorities stating that there will be a team of six shooters armed with rifles," he said in a statement on Tuesday (July 7).
On Monday (July 6), The Star reported that Malaysian Animal Welfare Association founder S. Mukunan filed an ex-parte application after sighting a municipal council circular on a stray dog-shooting exercise from July 1 to July 4 and from July 6 to July 11.
Mukunan noted that the Trap-Neuter-Return-Manage (TNRM) method was a better way of managing the population of stray dogs. He called for TNRM’s endorsement throughout Malaysia, as dogs that are shot are generally in great pain before they finally die.
On Tuesday (July 7), the Manjung Municipal Council called off its initially planned dog-shooting exercise in the district.
Perak local government committee chairman Datuk Nolee Ashilin Mohd Radzi said the municipal council would not carry out the operations and would look for other means to address the issue of stray dogs.
Lee noted that shooting stray dogs is not the best way to control the population as the dogs die painfully.
Calling it a reprehensible act, Lee said many non-governmental organisations and animal activists have been advocating the TNRM method as the best way to control the population of stray dogs and cats.
“However, attempts to speak or initiate an agreement with the authorities have fallen to deaf ears.
“It is high time to put a stop to this condemnable act,” he said.
Lee also urged the authorities to work together with the NGOs and animal activists to find an amicable and humane solution.
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