DATELINE PETPOSITIVE THERAPY CENTRE PETALING JAYA:
PET LOVERS AND ANIMAL ACTIVISTS are looking forward to two key events to be held sometime this week on animal rights and welfare issues.
The developments follow the killing of a therapy dog belonging to an elderly woman in Ipoh, Perak.
Dogcatchers from the city council shot the dog and carted its carcass away quickly before the owner could even see the remains of her pet companion.
The first event is the setting up of a date for a meeting with the Ipoh City Council's (MBI) Mayor Dato' Hj Roshidi B Hj Hashim and animal rights and welfare nongovernmental organisations.
PETPOSITIVE is expected to be also present in the discussion.
The NGOs will be calling for an immediate and unequivocal ban on dog-shooting.
They will also be pushing for the establishment of a proper canine advisory committee within the council to look into an effective stray management programme.
The person who will be leading this special task is Member Of Parliament (MP) for Ipoh Barat M Kulasegaran who was outraged by the recent shooting.
Speaking to PET+BLOGSPOT yesterday afternoon, the MP said that attempts to get the Datuk Bandar over the Deepavali weekend proved to be futile.
He is, however, far from giving up.
"I will call the Mayor first thing on Monday morning and I'm sure that I'll be able to get him," the MP said and added, "When I do, I'll impress upon him about the urgency of the matter and get him to agree for an earliest appointment this week."
YB Kula has insisted that Petpositive be present in the discussion since we are the affected party.
The elderly woman whose pet was shot dead was a member of the Animal-Assisted Therapy Society.
If all goes well, Anthony SB Thanasayan who is President of Petpositive, will also be attending the event in his capacity as Chairman of two canine advisory committees.
One from the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ). The other from the Klang Municipal Council (MPK).
PET+BLOGSPOT has meanwhile learnt that the efforts to stop dog-shooting in Ipoh has intensifed in recent years.
According to Ipoh animal activist and veterinarian Dr Ranjit Kaur, her group, though a small one, has been pushing for the move over the past five years.
Dr Ranjit told this blogger that "a sub-committee" had been set up early this year by the MBI with her group to deal with canine issues.
"However, only two meetings have been held so far and it was also said as a matter of fact in one of the sessions that 'dogs are of the lowest priority of the council'".
Dr Ranjit, however, maitains that MBI Mayor Datuk Roshidi has been supportive towards canine programmes.
But she cautions that the canine support seems to stop with him.
"One of the canine programmes was held three months ago but the participation from the council especially with the canine control unit was poor", she pointed out.
Some animal-lovers have criticised SPCA Ipoh for "doing little or nothing" to stop the MBI from shooting dogs in the city.
This was vehemently denied by the organisation's president Dr Goh Hue Lang.
"The Ipoh SPCA has been strong in our position against dog-shooting so much so that we received a lashing in writing from a previous mayor for our outspokeness," Dr Goh pointed out to PET+BLOGSPOT.
"Not only is our conscience clear on the matter but we can prove it by the countless letters and press statements that we have made on the issue," she added.
"If our critics think that they can do better, we invite them to join in with our struggle," concluded Dr Goh.
Today is also the day when the date of another extraordinary meeting organised by the Department of Veterinary Services (DVS) will be announced.
The head of the DVS Director-General Datuk Dr Abdul Aziz Jamalludin has instructed his department to call for a special open dialogue with animal welfare groups and government bodies to strengthen the current Animal Welfare Council body to take action against injustices to animals in the nation.
The meeting will follow with a major press conference afterwards.
A date, as soon as it is announced, will be published here in PET+BLOGSPOT.
We have just heard that it will most probably be on Wednesday.
What do YOU think about what's reported in our story?
Do you think that the DVS initiative will be effective to curb animal abuse in the country?
If not, what else more should they be doing?
What about our animal NGOs? Are they doing enough by working together?
Do you think that the MBI will ban dog-shooting?
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