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Public perspectives on strays and companion animal management in Malaysia

By S. M. I. Munir, M. I. Mokhtar, A. F. Arham

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Strays and companion animal management is a sensitive issue in Malaysia that incites solid and conflicting views. Through structured questionnaires administered to a random sample of 704 respondents, this study explored public opinion on a) causes of the stray animal population, b) the management of the stray animal population, and c) the national strategy on strays and companion Animal Management. The results show that 70.3% of respondents agreed that a lack of public awareness regarding animal care was the major contributor to the stray animal population. In addition, 58.1% of respondents felt that treating and vaccinating animals exposed to zoonotic diseases is a viable approach that could be instituted as a reasonable measure in stray animal population management. Finally, developing animal protection areas through a multi-stakeholder partnership strategy initiative recorded the highest support (48.4%) for intervention planning for stray animal management at a national level. Notably, a significant percentage of public responses were implicitly influenced by demographic variables. These findings provide valuable insights into public opinion regarding stray and companion animal management in Malaysia. These findings could inform the development of future legislation aimed at reducing the unfavorable effects of stray animal populations on humans and the ecology of MalaysiaPlease check if affiliations [is/are] captured correctly.

Publication Title BMC Public Health
Volume 23
Issue 1
Pages 21
DOI 10.1186/s12889-023-16276-5
Author Address [Munir, Syafiq Munir Ismail; Mokhtar, Mohd Istajib] Univ Malaya, Fac Sci, Dept Sci & Technol Studies, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. [Arham, Ahmad Firdhaus] Univ Kebangsaan Malaysia, Pusat Pengajian Citra Univ, Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia.Mokhtar, MI (corresponding author), Univ Malaya, Fac Sci, Dept Sci & Technol Studies, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.; Arham, AF (corresponding author), Univ Kebangsaan Malaysia, Pusat Pengajian Citra Univ, Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia.ista.ajib@um.edu.my; benferdaoz@ukm.edu.my
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  1. Animals
  2. Attitudes
  3. Behavior and behavior mechanisms
  4. Birth
  5. Cats
  6. Dogs
  7. Health
  8. Malaysia
  9. open access
  10. predation
  11. public
  12. Rabies
  13. risk
  14. sterilization
  15. stray animals
  16. welfare
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