Selangor's royal couple has urged the public, especially in Selangor, not to neglect the responsibility of protecting stray animals, particularly cats and dogs, amidst the Movement Control Order (MCO)
In a statement issued on the official Facebook page of Royal Selangor Office, the Sultan of Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah and Tengku Permaisuri of Selangor Tengku Permaisuri Norashikin expressed sadness and regret as there are still individuals and certain parties who deliberately treat the animals cruelly.
"It is very important for all of us to have compassion for these animals and share the responsibility to feed and protect them, whether as pets or when they are in their own habitat," said the royal couple.
Leading by example, Sultan Sharafuddin and Tengku Permaisuri Norashikin have been keeping stray cats that have been neutered
"This includes Snowy, an abandoned cat that initially came to Sultan Sharafuddin's residence, four years ago to look for food, but was eventually adopted as a pet. Snowy is now Sultan Sharafuddin's favourite cat and has been his loyal companion," the statement said.
Apart from Snowy, Tengku Permaisuri Norashikin, who is the Royal Patron of the Stray Free Selangor (SFS) campaign run by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA Selangor), has rescued more than 100 stray cats and she kept 30 of them, while the rest have been adopted.
Sultan Sharafuddin has also ordered the local authorities to be more proactive and deal with the issue of stray animals holistically
According to the statement, Sultan Sharafuddin wants the local authorities to adopt the method used by Turkey as a model to handle innocent stray animals.
Both Sultan Sharafuddin and Tengku Permaisuri Norashikin expressed hope that the public, in Selangor especially, will continue to instil compassion and love for these stray animals and care.
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