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‘Legal’ illegal breeding?
Published on: Monday, April 22, 2019
By: Shirley Khong

At the wet market place in Dah Yeh Villa, a number of people noticed the pork seller had a small cage crammed with some 12 puppies inside. There was hardly any space for the pups to move and no water to drink. Imagine in this scorching weather, you’re in a tiny space, hot, thirsty and hardly any space to move. How sad is that?

Apparently, the pork seller wasn’t “selling” the babies, who were removed from their mother too early ... but was rather “giving” them away “free” in exchange of 2kg of sugar. This happens a few times a year as the owner refuses to spay/neuter their dogs. The request for the 2kg of sugar is apparently a Chinese tradition.

Of course, these young pups are not sterilised, let alone vaccinated and neither are their parents. As such, there could be a number of underlying health issues and problems. 

Giving away cute pups to people who just happen to be passing by is irresponsible; not knowing what sort of home they will go to, how they will be treated and once all grown up, if they will still be wanted and cared for. 

The Department of Veterinary services should be doing checks on these people. If anyone can sell puppies/dogs/cats without permits, then it’s a free-for-all. Might as well throw the Animal Welfare Enactment 2015 out the window.

We need to adhere to the rules set out by the enactment. Once the authorities have that securely in place, only then will we make headway with the Animal Welfare Act. Otherwise, it is all a sham and having that the enactment is just a joke!

In Gaya Street and other markets across Kota Kinabalu (and probably throughout Sabah), breeders are selling puppies (and kittens, bunnies, birds and fish etc) every week, to anyone and everyone who wants a cute little animal.

These animals are not vaccinated or sterilised and some not even properly cared for. Yet the authorities allow people to sell and profit from this without any checks or permits. 

Pet shops should also not be selling animals either. There are enough animals in Sabah to adopt and so we don’t need any more breeders or sellers. 

Many countries don’t allow the sale of animals in pet shops until all the animal shelters and rescues are empty. What would be even better is if pet shops sell rescue animals.  Animals are sentient beings with feelings like you and I and should not be treated like a commodity, a hobby or a way to make money.

Breeders should be strictly monitored and guidelines strictly adhered to. Not everyone is fit to be a breeder. Sabah, at least, should go for compulsory sterilisation, at least for the moment until the situation is better and things have improved as a whole.

For animal lovers, it is painful to see puppies, dogs or cats mistreated. For some people who buy, they do not take the responsible steps of sterilising and vaccinating.  Often, these buyers will become disinterested in the pet and that’s when problems arise. If the puppies/dog/cat dies they will just get another and the cycle continues.



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