Brunei students gain insight on country’s stray animal issue

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN (Borneo Bulletin/ ANN) - A workshop pertaining to stray animals in Brunei Darussalam was conducted yesterday for Institute of Brunei Technical Education (IBTE) Business Campus students as part of the Super Youth Programme 2018.

The workshop was organised by the Strayholders group.

Strayholders group leader Noor Amal Azirah binti Haji Azlan said the workshop aimed to discuss irresponsible pet ownership as a factor contributing to the overpopulation of stray animals.

"For the Super Youth Programme, focussed towards developing youth into leaders, the Strayholders teach participants to be part of a cause to become leaders. The strays, mainly cats and dogs have no voice, as leaders, they can be the voice for animals," she said.

She added that there are several non-governmental organisations active in tackling the issue of strays, among them are Care and Action for Strays (CAS) Facebook page, one of the several small independent shelters as well as interest groups on social media.

Religious advisor of the group Dr Mohd Hilmy Baihaqy bin Haji Awang Yussof also provided attendees an insight on how animals should be treated from an Islamic perspective.

Treasurer of the Strayholders group Nur Nazurah binti Haji Muhd Alizul was also present.

The Strayholders group was formed in August 2017 under the Young Executive Programme (Cohort - 2). It started as a community work assignment under the Young Executive Programme (Cohort - 2). They are a group of passionate individuals who are on a mission to raise awareness by conducting educational workshops and talks for the public on the issue of stray animals, the problems they face and what the public can do to help.