Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Ipoh Bans Shooting of Strays

So the long awaited news of the ban on shooting of dogs has finally been announced. However, to AWAM's dismay, the ban seems to be only in force in Ipoh. AWAM hopes that the DVS will ensure that the ban is enforced nationwide.

Additionally, it is interesting to read that the Ipoh Council plans to set up a pound to keep animals caught on the streets. While this idea is good in theory, AWAM hopes that the council realises that the setting up of an animal pound does not just mean having cages where these poor animals are dumped and then left for dead.

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A good pound needs proper management and should not be a place where animals are mistreated and left to die like many of our local pounds. More often than not, the animals that are imprisoned in our local pounds are in a much worse off condition than when they were on the streets or even when they were in the care of supposedly bad owners.

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Source: The Star
Ipoh Bans Shooting of Strays
City council to use other methods to deal with stray animals

IPOH: The Ipoh City Council will implement a ban on the shooting of stray animals with immediate effect.
Speaking to reporters Tuesday after meeting council secretary Datuk Abdul Md Ariff yesterday, Petpositive president T. Anthony Siva Balan said the council had agreed to stop shooting strays and would use other methods to deal with them.

"The council will send its officers to their counterparts in Petaling Jaya next week to learn dog-catching methods," said Anthony, who is also Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) local councillor.

"They are also studying the possibility of setting up an animal pound to keep animals caught on the streets," he said.

He said the council would work closely with non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in dealing with strays.
"A committee set up by the council will have meetings later to discuss neutering and spaying the animals," he added.

Anthony also said a representative from the council would visit the 75-year-old owner of Spunk, the therapy dog which was killed by council dog catchers late last month, to apologise for the unfortunate incident.
"Spunk's sacrifice was not in vain," said Anthony.

"Pet lovers can finally sleep soundly, knowing that their pets are safe from being shot at," he added.
On Oct 29, 10-year-old Spunk was shot dead after its owner left it unattended for a while to get toilet paper to clean after the animal.

The killing of the animal drew flak from numerous NGOs, who called for an immediate ban on dog shooting.
Earlier, several NGOs, including Petpositive, Noah's Ark Ipoh and the Ipoh Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, jointly handed over a memorandum to ban animal shooting to Abdul Md Ariff.

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