“till the Animal Welfare Act is passed, Weerakkody thinks the amendments proposed to the Registration of the Dogs Ordinance (of 1902) is the other alternative available for providing some solace to the community dogs. These amendments have sought to prevent the community dogs from being pounded without reason. Also they will prevent the dogs from being killed unless it is confirmed by a veterinary surgeon that the dogs have contracted rabies.
Animal rights activist Attorney-at-law Lalani Perera reiterated the need for amending the two Acts, the Registration of the Dogs Ordinance (of 1902) and the Rabies Ordinance (of 1907). She also serves in the advisory committee set forth by the Local Government and Provincial Councils minister Faizer Mustapha in this regard.
Perera observed that the over hundred years old statutes are not keeping with the current thinking on the subject of animal welfare as both these legislations recommend dog destruction. Dog destruction, even in the name of rabies control, is neither accepted nor scientifically sound method anymore. Thus she sees the importance of statutory recognition for sterilization and vaccination of dogs, which is expected to be a prime objective of the amendments proposed.”
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