In an effort to encourage adoption among pet owners and reduce pet abandonment in the state, Selangor will be looking into banning the sale of cats and dogs at pet stores.
This move was revealed by state executive councillor Ng Sze Han during the Selangor Management of Stray Dogs Forum 2023 yesterday (June 12).
Selangor to ban the sale of cats and dogs
Ng, who is also Selangor Local Government, Public Transport, and New Village Development Committee chairperson, said the move is aimed at encouraging more people to adopt than to purchase a pet from pet stores.
We are still in the midst of finalising the plan to ban all pet stores in the State from selling cats and dogs. Pet stores can sell pet food instead.
He quoted his constituency Kinrara as an example, where he said pet adoption drives are held every week and resulted in about 20 pets getting adopted every month.
“If all local councils carry out such programmes, we can help reduce the pet abandonment rate,” he said as quoted by The Star.
Meanwhile, Ng also said that the state government has recommended all local councils to switch to the netting method so that dogs can be caught in a more humane manner.
However, he noted that the the current looping method is still applicable if the animal is at hard-to-reach areas such as under vehicles, small holes, or drains.
‘Fur Shelter’ will also soon be launched
Additionally, a ‘Fur Shelter’ will be launched in order to promote animal welfare and its importance in society.
Ng said it will be built on a 1.2-hectare plot of land on the border of Subang Jaya, near to Cyberjaya.
“It will also include pet-friendly hotels and cafes, clinics and veterinary services, as well as a dog and cat park.
“The proposal is also supported by NGOs and animal lover communities. We must all be aware that animals have the right to protection,” he said as quoted by Selangor Journal.
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