One of the things that made my day today is to read this piece of news in The Star;
PUTRAJAYA: The Government will conduct surprise checks on pet shops, animal pounds and clinics. In addition Veterinary Services Department director-general Datuk Dr Abd Aziz Jamaluddin urged local councils to re-negotiate their contracts with dog catchers to ensure that animals caught were treated humanely.
Dr Abd Aziz said in the case of the Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) uniformed men beating a dog and forcing it out through the railings of a locked gate, which was higlighted by The Star newspaper recently, it had investigated the matter under the Animals Act and forwarded the evidence to the Deputy Public Prosecutor for a decision.
Other news on animal welfare and cruelty by dog catchers in the Klang Valley had also been reported.
He said the department also hoped to table a proposal in Parliament next year to amend provisions under the Animals Act, seeking heavier penalties of up to RM10,000 or six years’ jail or both for animal cruelty, and a fine for people who abandoned their pets.
“Previously, the fine was only RM200 and there was no jail term. The proposed fine for abandonment will look into the intentions of pet owners to see if their animals got loose by themselves or ran away. Abandonment of pets is the main reason behind the huge number of strays,” he said.
The department received 57 complaints of animal cruelty and had taken enforcement action against 207 cases last year.
Most people think that how we, humankind treat animals is relatively a non issue. At most, it is a personal matter. I seriously would like to disagree on that. Call me sentimental or having too soft of a heart but I will without a doubt be breathing on your neck if I see you treat animals unkindly.
To me, all living things have souls. How we, the most advance creature on earth treat another living things with souls will reflect heavily on our character as the superior beings. We are not barbarians. And I do feel that the maximum RM10,000 penalty is not enough.
Plus there should be a more rigorous drive by the government to increase public awareness on animal cruelty and its prevention. I just cannot stand any discompassionate person ill treating animals as they please!
If you have the time, please surf this website – SPCA. Maybe a little awareness may have a big impact in the future.