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AWAC 2017 gets overwhelming response


PUTRAJAYA, May 21 – More than 2,000 visitors came for an Animal Welfare Awareness Campaign (AWAC) 2017 which was held for two days recently.

The programme was run by Year One students of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), who took up the Bakti Siswa (Community Service) co-curriculum to raise awareness among members of the public the importance of animal welfare and Animal Welfare Act 2015.

AWAC 2017 was held on May 20 and 21 at the IOI City Mall Putrajaya and AEON Cheras Selatan.

The main focus of the campaign was to educate the general public about the Animal Welfare Act 2015, proper pet care, pet vaccination, spaying and neutering.

The dialogue session featured Dr Rozanaliza Radzi who touched on neutering and spaying while Dr.Saravanan Kumar highlighted some salient points of the Animal Welfare Act 2015.

Besides the dialogue session, interesting games such as free animal-themed face painting, photo booths, children colouring session, video presentation and a flashmob dance were also held.

The campaign managed to educate the general public on the importance of animal welfare and the tasks of the relevant authorities who were responsible in intensifying efforts in relation to taking care of the animal welfare.

A total of 121 students, and four veterinary lecturers who were the facilitators of the programme conducted the campaign smoothly, with their target of getting at least 1,000 people to attend the campaign.

However, with the cooperation of the Department of Veterinary Services, the campaign succeeded in attracting more than 2,000 visitors. – UPM