Hornbill Unleashed

October 24, 2011

Protect animal rights please

Sim Kwang Yang

MY friend Otto, who is a resident of Lundu, was very upset by the death of his dog Caesar. Otto suspected that the dog was poisoned by somebody from his neighbouring village, for a man was seen leaving that area soon after the incident.

We all wondered who would be so vicious as to kill a lovely, innocent dog out of spite. The fact of the matter is, there are animal haters among us who love to torture animals that have trusted us to look after them.

The story between man and his pet is as old as the story of human civilisation itself. Since time immemorial, the bond between a man and his pet has always been the stuff of legends. It is hard to understand how some human beings could mistreat animals, and yet we hear stories of the cruelty of man towards animals once in a while.

The level of our civilised behaviour to animals is measured by how we respect and care for our pets. Pet animals cannot look after themselves and depend on human beings entirely for their welfare. It is the duty of every pet owner to spare no expense and effort in looking after their pets.  The love of a pet owner for his animal is one of the rarest elements of our humanity.

In Malaysia, there is a new law for the protection of animals from human cruelty. It was recently reported that anyone caught being cruel to animals will face a fine of up to RM100,000 and a jail term of not more than six months under the Animal Welfare Act to be tabled in parliament next year.

Animal protection in Malaysia was possible following a pledge by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin in 2008 to encourage better welfare for all Malaysia’s animals by signing the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) campaign for a Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare (UDAW). The UDAW is a global WSPA campaign, with over two million signatories, including national governments, to promote animal welfare standards.

Federal Bureau of Investigation research indicates that animal abusers are five times more likely to be violent in society. When they are not punished, they continue their abuse on children, women and society at large.

The level of consciousness in our country for animal protection is still not that high. Near my house, there are crowds of wild dogs and cats prowling the streets every day and night. I don’t see any government officials going around to get rid of unwanted pets and they are just allowed to roam free to terrorise the neighbourhood.

I have two lovely female cats named Venus and Snow White, and I love them to distraction. Snow White’s fur is completely white and that is rare among cats. Just recently, I discovered somebody had shaved her white fur again. Though she was not injured, I am worried for her safety. You never know what human animals are out there to deliver punishment on innocent house cats.

I declare that I am a pet lover myself. I have seen how some pet owners cradle their pets like they are the most precious things on earth. I know how that feels. So, if you have pets, give them all your tender loving care.  They are the most precious gift from God to mankind.



  1. This should include the cruel way of slaughtering animals in the name of sacrificing.

    Comment by Wangi — October 25, 2011 @ 6:15 PM | Reply


    It is nice to have time for pets.

    The sad part about it all is that in our society human beings like “natives” are treated so abysmally inhumanely by the rulers like Taib and Najib

    Comment by Uman — October 24, 2011 @ 5:39 PM | Reply

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