Sadly in Malaysia, the laws for animal welfare is sorely lacking. Only in recent years, thanks to new media and the efforts of several NGOs and groups that animal welfare issues are highlighted in mainstream media. Even then, the governmental support isn't there, mainly because they're busy lining their pockets with the people's hard-earn money. (Ooooooh. I did not just say that.)
Yes, I did!
So anyway, I am a strong supporter of animal welfare in all cases. I advocate:
- Adopt, don't buy!
- Neutering Your Pets
- Trap, Neuter, Release, Manage (TNRM)
- Movements against animal abuses
- Prevention of illegal wildlife trade
- Boycotting of consuming endangered animals (shark fins, tigers etc etc)
- Educating the public on animal care.
- Globally, there are some 600 million dogs, and a similar number of cats, of
which an estimated 80% are stray or unwanted.
- The illegal and often inhumane trade in wildlife and wildlife parts is a
soaring black market worth $10 billion a year, exceeded only by arms and drug
smuggling. Millions of wild animals are killed, captured or traded inhumanely in
this shady business.
- An estimated 80% of power input on farms in developing countries is supplied
by draught animals, however the resources made available are often woefully
inadequate, leading to significant welfare issues.
- Around 60 billion farm animals are used each year globally to produce meat, milk and eggs. The majority are raised in industrial farming systems where their welfare needs are not met.
If you're interested to know more, do contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or if you are in Malaysia, just head over to PAWS animal shelter to see how you can make a difference.