Let’s all heed royal decree about strays, people


THE article that appeared in The Star yesterday indeed made my Sunday beautiful. The decree issued by the Sultan of Selangor directing the public to show compassion towards street animals and for local councils to be more proactive and wise in handling the stray animals issue in a holistic manner speaks volumes (“Sultan stresses compassion for strays”; online at bit.ly/star_strays).

We share the earth with animals. If only people understand that! What gives humans the right to injure, poison and kill the animals? Recently an incident in Taiping, Perak, when someone poured boiling hot water over newborn puppies not only irked animal lovers but left the mother wailing for her babies.

I hope the Perak Department of Veterinary Services charges the person and we pray the court sentence will be severe so that it will deter others from committing such a heinous crime against helpless and voiceless animals.

We are grateful to our Ruler for speaking out and highlighting the issue of strays.

We want the agencies involved, especially local councils, to allocate funding for neutering cats and dogs as this is the only way to reduce the stray population. To collect enough revenue for this purpose, the local councils only need to impose heavy fines on owners who do not obtain dog licences. Do house-to-house checks for this – it’s better than spending hours trying to catch strays.

Some councils even pay dog catchers cash rewards. In the long run, councils can save money on that as well as on maintaining pounds and could even reduce the number of workers in the dog catching unit (perhaps move into the demolition unit to get rid of all the illegal structures in the district instead).

VIJAYAKUMARI PILLAI

Chairperson, Persatuan Penyelamat Anjing

Terbiar Hulu Langat (PATH)

Kajang, Selangor

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