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.
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- Why Is Banning the Sale of Pets in Stores So Controversial? (animals.change.org)
- 9 Reasons You Should Avoid Buying A Pet From A Store (hellobeautiful.com)
- How animals made us human (3quarksdaily.com)