Lawyers seek injunction to halt shooting of stray dogs by Perak council

The Manjung municipal council in Perak is reported to be carrying out an operation to eradicate stray dogs.

PETALING JAYA: A group of lawyers has filed for an injunction from the Ipoh High Court to stop the Manjung municipal council from shooting stray dogs.

Rajesh Nagarajan, from Lawyers for Animal Rights, said the council had issued a circular on June 29 stating that it will conduct an operation to eradicate stray dogs by shooting them.

He said the operation to shoot stray dogs, crows and other animals was conducted from July 1 to 4 and was set to continue from today to July 11.

Rajesh said teams of six men, with two armed with rifles, were dispatched to conduct the operation.

Condemning the population control method employed by the local council, he said it would cause great pain and suffering for the animals.

He said shooting dogs with live rounds contravenes the Animal Welfare Act 2015 and also carries an element of risk for the public.

Section 30(1) of the Act states that no animal may be killed by firearms unless it is authorised by the veterinary authority in an emergency, or for disease control.

“As such, in an effort to stop the shooting of stray dogs in Manjung, we have filed an
urgent ex-parte application for an injunction at the Ipoh High Court.

“The injunction is to stop the shooting pending an application for judicial review,” he said in a statement.

The application was filed on July 3 and will be heard by the High Court tomorrow.

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