Stop the Hunt – Protest Against Selayang Dog Catching Contest

Big Sista got another email forward regarding the Selayang Dog Catching Contest:

Greetings from SPCA Selangor ! On September 5th, Majlis Perbandaran Selayang
launched a Dog Catching Competition, aiming to clear their municipality of
stray dogs
. Residents are offered up to RM15,000 in cash prizes for catching
more than 150 dogs in 6 months
, but the competition will go on indefinitely
according to the MPS website. SPCA urges that the competition be scrapped
immediately and be replaced with more pro-active measures to control the dog
overpopulation
in the area. Since the announcement, SPCA has received hundreds
of calls, text messages and e-mails from concerned members of the public who
are shocked and upset by the municipal’s actions. We would like to thank you
for speaking out for our voiceless friends, we can’t express how overwhelmed
and touched we are that so many of you have made calls to MPS, sent letters to
the media, called radio stations and spoken to your friends to highlight the
plight of these poor dogs.

On September 11th 2007 (Tuesday) at 10am, SPCA, PETPOSITIVE, ROAR and other
animal welfare organisations will be gathering at the Majlis Perbandaran
Selayang office to hand over a memorandum to the President of MPS
. The document
will call for an immediate end to the competition and urge the municipal to
spay/ neuter actively to control the dog overpopulation, formulate and enforce
effective legislation to prevent pet owners from abandoning their pets, and
embark on educational efforts to promote Responsible Pet Ownership. We invite
all friends of SPCA, animal welfare groups, animal lovers from far and near and
members of the media to come and show your support on this important day.
Let’s unite in our stand against the inhumane treatment of stray and homeless
animals.
Majlis Perbandaran Selayang,
MENARA MPS.
PERSIARAN 3, BANDAR BARU SELAYANG,
68100 BATU CAVES
For more information, please contact SPCA Public Relations officer Jacinta
Johnson at the SPCA office at 42565312/ 42535179 or at 012-2881421
SELANGOR DARUL EHSAN.

SPCA News Release – September 5th, 2007

SELAYANG DOG-CATCHING COMPETITION SHOCKING & DISTASTEFUL, SAYS SPCA

SELANGOR, SEPT 5, 1007 – Catch more than 150 stray dogs in 6 months and
win more than RM10,000 – this is the promise from Majlis Perbandaran
Selayang to the residents in that area. Dato’ Tang See Hang officiated
the launching of the MPS “Dog-Catching Competition” campaign
yesterday at 2pm. This collaborative effort with the residents is to solve this
problem by catching more strays. MPS claims that they have been receiving about
80 complaints every month regarding stray dogs in their municipality. They say
that they have been catching 200 stray dogs every month as part of their
animal-control management, but the problem remains unsolved. Since the
announcement, SPCA has been inundated with countless text messages, phone calls
and e-mails from the concerned public who are shocked by this unorthodox
campaign.

Although SPCA understands that animal control is vital and that the local
authorities are faced with increasing stray problems, MPS is setting an
unhealthy and unethical trend that encourages people to perceive dog-catching
as a fun, festive and financially-rewarding sport, not unlike fox-hunting. SPCA
questions the methods that may be employed by the residents, which may cause
unnecessary pain and suffering
as the dogs may be maimed in the process.
SPCA is deeply concerned that this competition is a knee-jerk reaction to the
stray problem, and that more pro-active measures should be implemented such as
active sterilisation programs,
differential licensing for neutered and unneutered dogs, responsible pet
ownership programs and making abandonment an offence under municipal by-laws.

Catching and destruction of strays is never a workable solution, as the animals
caught will always be replaced by a new set of strays if irresponsible owners
continue to dump unwanted animals into the streets
. The cost of clearing the
street will continue to escalate. The fact remains : it’s cheaper and
more effective to neuter than to catch and destroy dogs.
SPCA is worried that greedy residents may also resort to catching pet dogs or
dogs from other areas besides Selayang to pad their pockets
. Furthermore, the
residents may get bitten and injured while attempting to capture the strays. It
may backfire and encourage unscrupulous people to breed dogs as it could be
lucrative as the competition goes on indefinitely – two unneutered dogs
can be the source of 2,048 puppies and dogs in just 4 years.
“Strays are not an animal problem, it’s a MAN-MADE PROBLEM. Hence,
the prize money could have been put to better use by promoting Responsible Pet
Ownership and hosting spay/neuter campaigns instead, which is a humane,
cost-effective and long-term solution
, ” says SPCA Chairperson Christine
Chin.
SPCA Selangor has over the years met with various municipal councils to
introduce humane dog-catching methods and humane pound management. SPCA and
DBKL have established Klinik Kembiri, a highly-subsidised spay/ neuter clinic
offering financially-challenged Malaysians highly-reduced spay-neuter fees to
help control the over-breeding of cats and dogs, that if not neutered would
have added substantially to the stray numbers. This highly-successful, humane
and cost-effective method is practiced by animal welfare organisations all over
the world. SPCA urges MPS to use the money wisely and work with us to set up
weekly spay/ neuter campaigns and eventually a Klinik Kembiri. Since it’s
inception in 2003, Klinik Kembiri has spayed/neutered thousands of dogs and
cats, and thus prevented the unwanted births of over 20 million animals, which
would have otherwise caused a bigger stray problem.

The Department of Vet Services (DVS) must issue guidelines on dog-catching/
animal control management where only properly-trained dog-catchers using humane
methods and equipment are employed. The pound where the stray dogs are kept
should be well-maintained and provide adequate food, water and space to prevent
fighting and overcrowding. SPCA has lobbied DVS for many years to establish
humane guidelines for local councils in animal-control management. The
organisation even went to the extent of organising a dog-catching workshop for
all Klang Valley municipal councils in 2005.

Animal lovers, please support this and spread the word!

It’s good that the government gives the society a chance to curb wandering dogs in Selayang. The wrong approach by the people and government could screw up so many things as listed above! The best way is to nip the problem at the bud – there are wandering dogs because those humans do not care about us! So they should be punished and educated instead of us!

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2 Responses to “Stop the Hunt – Protest Against Selayang Dog Catching Contest”

  1. […] Stop the Hunt – Protest Against Selayang Dog Catching Contest […]

  2. I wanna stop this municipality people catching my street dogs.I love them like a baby.we provide them food and they save our lives from may thieves.But few peoples cant understand this but i fought with few guys brought one of my street dogs back from them.But i cannot release all the dogs their still speak to me i cant forget them .Pls suggest me some ways in stopping the municipality in catching dogs .They are harmless until u harm them.Pls understand.”Behave like humans and not as Demons”pls

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