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SOME years ago, the newspapers highlighted an incident of animal cruelty at one of the larger pet stores at a shopping centre in Mutiara Damansara, Petaling Jaya. Apparently, a sick pup under the care of the store was left in a cat cage by a secluded fire exit without receiving medical treatment for two days. A concerned individual called on my friend, a hack, who wrote an article on the issue.

When my friend visited the store to investigate, she found the puppy already dead, its legs hanging through the cage bars. A puddle of bloodied and watery stools lay underneath the cage.

Bad enough that a representative from the pet store had come up with lame excuses; what’s worse was that the Veterinary Services Department director had announced that action would not be taken against the store because the officers had not seen anything despite the existence of witnesses and photographic evidence. Needless to say, (no) thanks to persuasive muzzling and gentle pressure applied by the right muscle on the right quarters, there were hardly or no follow-up stories on the issue — the pet store is still thriving today.

How that  director could be in the service of saving animals is beyond me. How ignorance and apathy prevails among pet store operators (and their employees) is just as unfathomable.

See, I have no issues about granting second chances, but wrongdoers — in this case, the pet store — should not only admit to their wrongdoing, but also take it upon themselves to champion the rights of animals so that the public can see that they are trying to make a difference. It’s a way of public apology or righting a wrong, so to speak. It also educates the staff in the process. See? Win-win situation. Nothing like this happened, of course.

The trouble is this: people forget.

In another incident last year, a stray dog was caged to a fence near a train station in Kepong, a stick rammed down its throat. It was reported in the Malaysian Insider that the dog was tortured by KTMB workers. The dog was subsequently rescued from a Selayang dog pound by the SPCA and handed over to a canine welfare group (Malaysian Dogs Deserve Better), which ironically named it ‘KTM’ . The abuse took its toll on the dog, however. KTM died not too long after that.

Animal cruelty doesn’t just happen to dogs. It happens to animals across the board, all over the world.

Let’s remember that animals deserve to be treated right, too — regardless if they are pets or livestock. There are proper ways of ensuring that animals are not subjected to cruelty, and this includes strays taking a snooze under a tree on your street, or at the pavement by the restaurant that you frequent, and even those on their way to being served up on your dinner plate.

This blog supports People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), the largest animal rights organisation in the world with more than two million members and supporters.

PETA focuses on four areas in which the largest number of animals suffer most intensely for the longest periods of time: on factory farms, in the clothing trade, in laboratories, and in the entertainment industry. It also works on a variety of other issues, including the cruel killing of beavers, birds, and other “pests” as well as cruelty to domesticated animals.

PETA works through public education, cruelty investigations, research, animal rescue, legislation, special events, celebrity involvement, and protest campaigns.

All you have to do to join me in supporting the rights of animals and preventing animal cruelty is to click on the PETA2 logo on the right. That will help to mobilise the right people/organisations to raise funds for the cause. Oh, you get brownie points in heaven, too.

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  1. Dear Malaysian Minx,

    Hi, I googled for PETA Malaysia and chanced upon a link to this site.

    I would like to seek your help/ advice on the following matter, which involves puppies and other animals up for sale for their meat in Ipoh.

    There is a post in a local online forum http://www.jbtalks.com, about someone selling puppies for their meat in a market in Ipoh.

    Kindly go to this link to the jbtalks forum to view the post, with pictures of the seller and his ‘stall’.
    http://www.jbtalks.cc/viewthread.php?tid=891771&extra=&page=1

    The author of the post had argued with the seller, tried to buy the puppies in the hope to save them, but the seller refused to sell him the puppies alive; he will only sell, kill and offer him the puppies’ meat. The person had contacted Mbi enforcement, datuk bandar, Jabatan Haiwan and even called the police in attempts to stop the man from his cruel act. But all these attempts were in vain. Currenly, someone is in the midst of contacting the newspaper media for help.

    Another person commented that this same man also has his stall in pasar malam as well.

    The author is seeking help and other ways to stop this. Since this website is in support of PETA and is also located in Malaysia, I thought you may know the proper authorities or channels that you can advise.

    The author had left his/ her contact no.(Venis 0165573167) in the post.

    Like the author, I hope the poor puppies and other animals will be saved. I have no idea there are people selling and eating dogs for their meat in Malaysia, and ignorantly believed such things only happen in China or Korea. Thus I am spreading the word around on this matter.

    I sincerely thank you for your time and any kind assistance in this matter.

    P/s: The forum is in Chinese, but with pictures attached.

    • Oh dear. It really sounds like a cause for concern. It looks like you have exhausted quite a number of means to address the matter. Have you tried contacting the SPCA and other similar organisations? They might be able to help. I will put up a post on this on my blog; hopefully, it will spread some awareness. I will also get in touch with friends of mine who are still with the press and, hopefully, they will highlight the matter in the newspaper. Keep your fingers crossed!

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