Friday, December 16, 2011

Ministry pledges to look into animal welfare issues

PUTRAJAYA: The government will look into several issues related to the welfare of companion animals like cats and dogs.

Deputy Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry Minister Datuk Chua Tee Yong said this after meeting representatives from four animal welfare organisations at his office here yesterday.

They were from Malaysian Dogs Deserve Better (MDDB), Save A Stray, Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and PAWS Animal Welfare Society Malaysia.

Chua said efforts would be made to improve the current situation, including educating the public on animal welfare.

He had called for the meeting after MDDB had expressed concern about the practices adopted by some pet shops.

It had asked the authorities to ban the sale of companion pets at these outlets as it had given rise to backyard breeders and puppy mills.

Chua acknowledged the fact that the current situation has allowed some unscrupulous people to make money.

“We will come up with guidelines after consulting everyone, including the public. We hope to come up with a win-win solution for all,” he said.

Chua added that an Animal Welfare Council has been formed and the ministry was engaging with all stakeholders involved.

The council is chaired by minister Datuk Seri Noh Omar.

(Source: The Star)

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