Lawyers seek High Court order to stop Manjung district officers shooting stray dogs

The Lawyers for Animal Rights have filed an ex-parte application for an injunction to stop the shooting of stray dogs by the Manjung District Council’s enforcement at the High Court in Ipoh. — Reuters pic
The Lawyers for Animal Rights have filed an ex-parte application for an injunction to stop the shooting of stray dogs by the Manjung District Council’s enforcement at the High Court in Ipoh. — Reuters pic

IPOH, July 6 — The Lawyers for Animal Rights have filed an ex-parte application for an injunction to stop the shooting of stray dogs by the Manjung District Council’s enforcement at the High Court in Ipoh.

Lawyers Rajesh Nagarajan and Sachpreetraj Singh Sohanpal said in a joint statement that the injunction application is pending their application for judicial review.

“On June 29, 2020, the Manjung District Council issued a written circular stating that they will be carrying out a stray dog eradication or destruction process by way of shooting from July 1 to 4 and July 6 to 11.

“It was further stated that the team shooting and killing the stray dogs will comprise a team of six shooters armed with two rifles,” they said.

The lawyers also pointed out that shooting dogs in public using live rounds would carry a certain element of risk and it is also their legal opinion that the said shooting will be contrary to the Animal Welfare Act 2015.

“More importantly, using shooting as a means of population control for animals such as dogs is reprehensible and causes a significant amount of pain and suffering,” they said.

Hearing has been fixed at the High in Ipoh Court at 11am tomorrow.

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