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Animal abuse and cruelty cases in Malaysia

Dear Caring & Wonderful Malaysians,

I believe that despite the fragmentations that occur within our society, we have good hearts. I believe that even though some of us own no pets, many of us have some semblance of humanity and compassion. Please sign the petition.

Thank you.

Yours Truly,

Animal Lover

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Animal abuse and cruelty cases in Malaysia

To: The Prime Minister of Malaysia,

We, the undersigned, urgently request that you take the necessary steps to prosecute individuals, government or private entities which have caused unnecessary suffering to animals or neglected their welfare, based on contents of the Animals Act 1953 (Revised 2006).Over the years, animal lovers have stood by and watched helplessly as municipal council workers handled stray dogs with brute force, pet owners neglected or abandoned their pets, zoo animals continued to live in deplorable conditions, and stray animals were maimed/killed by cruel individuals.We earnestly urge you to act in all expediency to quash this kind of inhumane, arrogant behavior by Malaysians, as allowing them to continue will result in the needless suffering of hundreds of thousands of animals every year, and undoubtedly have a negative and detrimental impact on Malaysia’s image worldwide.In the last decade, only a handful of prosecutions have been initiated against animal abuse – making Malaysia a haven for animal abusers. The Department of Veterinary Services – an animal protection agency under the purview of the Ministry of Agriculture – has failed to act on the various cases of animal abuse highlighted by members of the public;

  • The recent viral video showing 6 Batu Pahat municipal workers using brute force on a stray dog
  • Deplorable conditions in zoos nationwide
  • Individuals who neglect their pets, or maim/kill defenseless stray animals
  • Various viral videos that have surfaced on the Internet of a poodle being hit repeatedly, a cat being set on fire in a cage, and a family of kittens being hit, kicked and stomped to death.

FBI research indicates that animal abusers are 5 times more likely to be violent in society. When they are not punished, they continue their abuse on children, women and society at large. Consequently, Governments all over the world have begun to take animal cruelty seriously by imposing punitive cruelty penalties and have encouraged Responsible Pet Ownership.

We call on the Prime Minister of Malaysia to ensure :

  1. Immediate revision to the current legislation, to increase the penalty from RM200 to RM10,000 and a mandatory jail sentence
  2. That dog-catching is carried out solely by municipal workers under their respective municipalities, who will be held accountable for their actions
  3. The methods employed in catching and transportation will follow ‘DVS Humane Guidelines 2008 on Catching and Euthanasia of Stray Dogs’
  4. That centralized pounds be built and manned by the Federal Government, i.e., by the Department of Veterinary Services (DVS)
  5. Stricter enforcement and active prosecution on cases of animal cruelty by the DVS
  6. That all pet owners are encouraged to spay/neuter their pets by adopting differential licensing i.e. cheaper license fees for spay/neutered pets and much higher license fees for unspayed/unneutered pets” and the promotion of Responsible Pet Ownership

Animal abuse and cruelty cases in Malaysia

Recent Cases Of Animal Abuse In Malaysia
Open Shooting Of Strays By Penang Municipal Council View Article ]
Cold Blooded Shooting By Johor Baru Municipal Council View Article ]
2 Canines Ill-treated by Selayang Municipal Council View Article ]
Batu Pahat Municipal Council Dog Abuse View Article ]
Serdang Cat Killer View Article ]
Toy Poodle Abusers Not Prosecuted View Article ]
Therapy Dog Shot Dead By Ipoh Municipal Council View Article ]
‘Nuisance’ Dog Killed By Tampin Municipal Council View Article ]
9 Pedigrees Euthanized By Kuala Langat District Council View Article ]
Tiger Abused For Money At A’Famosa Resort View Article ]
Horses Starved To Death At Melinsung Ranch, Sabah View Article ]

No animal cruelty of any kind is tolerable, and no one is above the law.

Please listen to the voices of people from around the world and
end the inhumane treatment of stray animals in Malaysia.

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Losing Our Religion


I PROMISED myself that I would not make any comment on the whole Bible row and the ‘Allah’ issue. After all, many bloggers have commented about it; some have even raised an almost academic point over the whole matter (read this post on LoyarBuruk). There are enough mouthpieces in that sense, so no point flogging a dead horse.  In fact, just last night, after drinks with Ivan Lam at Chilli’s, I was thinking it’s high time for another narrative on art (it’s been a while and I miss it).

But when I got to work this morning and got online to read the news, the reports on the whole Alkitab and Allah issue stifled whatever plans I had the night before. The politicising of the matter and the fact that it has gotten inadvertently tied up with the coming Sarawak elections — and very likely, considering our (political) track record, even the GE — really got me hot under the collar.

Let me first say that I am by no means a staunch Christian; I admit to being unable to live out the tenets of Christianity for the most part, but I try my best.  I believe that the Bible (or the Alkitab, in keeping with the current religious dissensions in the country) is true and that it is a source of inspiration to me as a believer; a reminder to live right and be good to others.

And I believe that calling God ‘Jesus’, ‘Lord’, ‘Yahweh’, ‘Tuhan’, ‘Elohim’ or ‘Allah’ is really within my rights as an individual and as a Christian, and is certainly neither wrong nor offensive to others. After all, the Indonesian Christians as well as our East Malaysian brethren have been using the word ‘Allah’ when calling on God from time immemorial. Many (both Muslims* and non-Muslims), have argued that ‘Allah’ is not exclusive to Islam. Frankly, I have no interest in going into the apologetics of the word because many others before me have done so, and it served no purpose. Why the whole debate sparked off in the first place remains incomprehensible to me.

The defacement of the 35,000 imported Bibles not too long ago is another senseless matter. I can’t understand how the Alkitab is a threat to national security. I have far greater faith in our Muslim citizens’ intelligence and ability to tell that the Bible/Alkitab is for Christians and that the use of the word ‘Allah’ therein is also within the Christian context, therefore there should be no cause for confusion. Does the government not have enough faith in the discernment of Malaysian Muslims? In any case, isn’t it the prerogative of Ali, Ah Seng, Arumugam and Alistair anak Batu to choose what they want to believe in? Or is there a new provision that certain religions should be crammed down one’s throat? All that has been debated before.

What really gets my goat is when wisecracks like Mr DPM start making claims that BN is not against Christianity. If that is true, then why bring it up in the first place, why the need to clarify? And why is the issue not resolved thus far? And then there is the Cabinet’s rather suspicious 10-point formula, not to mention Mr Long-Time Chief Minister’s (another Muhammed Yaacob, Wan Mokhtar, Samy Vellu wannabe) dialogue with the Christians.

What’s even more saddening is how this whole issue has gone so awry with SMSes circulating around that Christians should not vote for BN because voting against BN means a vote for Jesus. Call me an idealist, but in my book, politics is politics, and religion is religion and the twain shall ne’er meet.

Yes, I am worried that this issue never ends. That it could be a precedence to curb ALL non-Muslims of their freedom of religion. That this would spell darker days to come not just where religion is concerned.  But the fact that the politicising of my faith has invaded a realm that is as intimate as the SMS makes me shudder at the reality of the implications ahead. I urge non-Christians and Christians alike not to send out SMSes like this because, personally, (1) that is using Jesus’ name in vain and, (2) that is disrespectful and a low blow. I’d like to think that we do not need to stoop to such levels and bandy the supremacy of Christ with such flagrant disregard. It looks bad on us. If we have to resort to tying religious beliefs to politics, we certainly are losing our religion.

*If my memory serves me well, PAS strongman Nik Aziz has come right out and said that it’s OK for non-Muslims to use the word ‘Allah’ and if PAS is not the most Islamic political party in the country, then I don’t know who is.

Click. Save an Animal’s Life.


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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