Saturday August 11, 2012
Cheaper tranquillisers to subdue strays
By CHERYL HEW
THE Veterinary Services Department has agreed to reduce the price for the tranquillisers it sells to local councils in the state to subdue stray animals.
State Local Government Committee chairman Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon said the department had agreed to reduce the prices from RM300 to RM150 for buffaloes; from RM200 to RM50 for cows and small ruminants; and for dogs and cats, the tranquilliser price had reduced from RM25 to RM15 for every 100ml.
“The decision was reached after a meeting between the representatives from the department and local councils,” he said after chairing a meeting with local council representatives on Thursday.
Dr Mah said the price reduction would be a boon for local councils as the previous high costs put a strain on the activities of local council workers in rounding up stray animals.
“Now that the prices have gone down, the councils will be able to conduct their activities in a wider scale without facing financial constraints,” he said.
Dr Mah also advised the public not to let their livestock and pets roam freely on public roads without supervision.
“There is a limit to what authorities can do in catching and compounding stray animals.
“Thus, the public has to play its part in preventing their animals from roaming unsupervised and potentially causing road accidents,” he said.
Stray animals have long been a problem in the state, with wandering cows and buffaloes commonly sighted grazing freely at highways and busy roads.
Various methods to tackle the problem such as increasing the fines imposed on irresponsible cattle breeders and creating more grazing fields have proven ineffective.