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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 :
Immediate revision to the current legislation, to increase the penalty from RM200 to RM50,000 and a mandatory jail sentence
That dog-catching is carried out solely by municipal workers under their respective municipalities, who will be held accountable for their actions
The methods employed in catching and transportation will follow 'DVS Humane Guidelines 2008 on Catching and Euthanasia of Stray Dogs'
Stricter enforcement and active prosecution on cases of animal cruelty by the DVS
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
It was totally heart wrenching to read the article on how the municipal council staff shot the poor dog to death despite the owner begging for mercy. ALL municipal staff should not be ALLOWED to carry guns and please do not abuse animals… Stop animal cruelty and the authority involved, please wake up and treat animals in a humane way
Anonymous Pulau Pinang
please love the animals..
Sherilyn Jackson California, United States
When a country allows abuse of animals, their people will suffer also.
June Bullied Ontario, Canada
this is a real hellhole for animals. these are God's creatures put on earth to be respected, protected and cherished. ignorant cowardly cretins need to be thrown in jail for 5-10 years and fined to pay for all animal vet fees, pain and suffering. wake up and get with the program - animals matter! strict animal laws are in dire need here.
Andrea Tan Kuala Lumpur
It breaks my heart to see so much cruelty. It is high time we stop this nonsense and realise we have the responsibility to take care of all living creatures sharing this earth with us.
Nurul Ain Queensland, Australia
Animals are God's creation and they DO have feelings!! Stop Animal Abuse!!!
PAULINE TAN PEARSON Selangor
I AM DISQUSTED AND AM AT A LOSS FOR WORDS!! I LOVE MY COUNTRY MALAYSIA VERY MUCH BUT I AM ASHAMED OF HER RIGHT NOW!!
Chee Sian Selangor
PLs stop animal abuse..
Abhi Nair England - London, United Kingdom
STOP ANIMAL ABUSE!
Andrew Thomas Croydon Wales - Vale of Glamorgan, United Kingdom
Those cruel to animals are more likely to abuse people. An appropriate punishment for animal cruelty is therefore good for correcting behaviour of those who would otherwise violate animals and people.
Dolores Paddock Connecticut, United States
THis is disgusting and must be stopped NOW!
Chee Kok Aun Selangor
My goodness!! To think that such cases are happening in my own country! This is utterly outrageous. Municipal council workers are supposed to set examples for citizens. They should be receive heavier punishment. On a side note, the fines should be very much higher and jail terms very much longer for animal abuse offenders. People! If you have a pet, please do not abandon them. Be responsible!
SiewyoongChin Singapore, Singapore
This nation is not a civilised one, as long as we show intolerance towards animal welfare, and as long as we have inept municipal councils rewarding contractors to private companies who is greedy enough to snatch our pets from home for profit.
Sabrina England - Bexley, United Kingdom
people need to be better educated about tratment of animals, spaying and neutering should be be cheaper and much more widespread so we do not have so many stray animals. people should learn to adopt more dogs rather than buying them from the petshops. People's attitudes towards animals should change.
Kim Texas, United States
this abuse must be stopped! rage and cruelty towards animals is uncalled for and must not be tolerated! just because something can't speak up for itself does not mean it is any lesser of value than a human. that would be no different than another human harming another human for miscommunication. this is disgusting and unecessary. harm being inflicted upon the animals must cease.
Regina Dickerson Alabama, United States
Please stop abusing the animals. They were not put on earth for you to hurt them.