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Better Protection For All Creatures Great And Small
Wed, 25th Apr 2012

ANIMAL rights activists will certainly welcome Deputy Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Chua Tee Yong’s announcement that work is being carried out on the proposed Animal Welfare Bill pending its tabling as legislation.

Given the horrendous treatment of animals being reported in the media in recent times, there is a pressing need for the Bill to be passed as soon as possible.

Chua’s announcement that the outdated Animal Act is being amended and appended with guidelines concerning pets is also timely as many pets are known to suffer in the hands of owners who either don’t care or don’t know how to care for their animals.

The biggest victims of animal cruelty and abuse here are dogs, which lead a precarious existence in our society.

Under proposed amendments, anyone found guilty of abusing animals can be fined up to RM50,000 or jailed for a year or both.

The current penalty is only a maximum fine of RM200 or a jail term of not more than six months, or both.

It is the inadequacy of the Act that led to an engineer “strolling” away with a RM100 fine imposed by a magistrate in 2005 in spite of his admission that he neglected his German Shepherd Sheena.

When Sheena was rescued by the Department of Veterinary Services and the SPCA, the dog had to be immediately euthanised due to complications from severe malnutrition.

Recently, a hawker in Section 17, Petaling Jaya, found himself in trouble after scalding a stray dog with boiling water.

He has since been interviewed by the DVS. It is not known yet how he will be penalised.

The Government’s initiatives in strengthening the laws on animal welfare should be applauded but certain warts within the system must also be looked into.

Many animal activists claim that local councils are the biggest abusers of dogs that they catch.

The dogs allegedly undergo a lot of torture while being caught and transported to pounds before they are put down with lethal injection.

Animal activists and rescue groups are urging for the more humane method of stray control, called Trap-Neuter-Return-Manage (TNRM) instead of culling.

Perhaps the Bill can include the necessity for the local councils to look into the TNRM system as opposed to immediately reaching out for the syringe as a solution.

Chua’s ministry must also address the hiring of canine bounty hunting companies by local councils to carry out dog catching on their behalf.

Many allegations, ranging from harassment of dog owners and dog-napping, have been made against these companies.

The proposed legislation must also address pet shops which animal activists say have become a place for backyard breeders.

Any new law or amendment to an existing one will be pointless if the Attorney-General’s Chambers does not see the importance of prosecuting animal abuse cases.

Unless every party involved is willing to address the matter seriously, the tabling of the Bill as well as the amendments to the existing Act will not be of much use.

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Public Can View Animal Welfare Bill Soon
Mon, 23rd Apr 2012



PETALING JAYA: The much-anticipated Animal Welfare Bill to protect animals will soon go into a consultation phase before being released for public perusal.

Deputy Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Chua Tee Yong said the new legislation would encompass domestic pets as well as livestock and the treatment towards them.

“Because a lot of animal NGOs and industry players are in the forefront, we want to get them involved in our consultation sessions and get their input for a meeting ground that we can work on,” he said, adding that the consultation session should be completed by the end of next month.

Food for your pooch: Chua giving a packet of dog food to Alice Yong, 45, after opening the Malaysian National Animal Welfare Foundation 10th graduation ceremony at Central Park in Bandar Utama, Petaling Jaya, Sunday. — Bernama
The Bill is in its drafting stage after it was first mooted last year.

Speaking to reporters after opening the Malaysian National Animal Welfare Foundation (MNAWF) 10th graduation ceremony of Canine Obedience Training here yesterday, Chua said the ministry was embarking on a three-pronged initiative to see to animal welfare.

Apart from the Bill, the Government is also amending the Animal Act and coming up with guidelines concerning pets.

In the proposed amendment to the Animal Act, those found guilty of abusing animals could face harsher penalties of a fine up to RM50,000 or a one-year jail term or both.

Currently, those convicted face only a maximum fine of RM200 or a jail term of not more than six months, or both.

“The Animal Act is currently very general and because it is so old, there are a lot of provisions missing.

“As times change, so do our lifestyles, the mechanism of the pet industry and how we treat animals,” he said.

The guidelines, meanwhile, will act as a stop-gap measure while waiting for the two Bills to be tabled.

“The guidelines could include anything from dog training to pet hotels,” he said.

Chua did not say when the guidelines were expected to be published but said they would not be legally binding.

He also said the Veterinary Services Department were taking initiatives to develop an accreditation system on pet shops and breeding centres.

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"End Inhumane Acts" - Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye
Fri, 9th Sep 2011

THE move by the Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Ministry to amend the existing Animal Act 1953 and to impose stiffer penalties of up to RM50,000 and a year’s jail term on those convicted of ill treating animals is a step in the right direction.

The proposed amendments are long overdue considering the fact that animal abuse and cruelty towards animals has been going on for such a long time.

The latest horrific incident where a pet boarding centre sparked anger among animal lovers for ill-treating more than 200 cats under their “so-called” care is a case in point and may be the tip of the iceberg.

Minister Datuk Seri Noh Omar’s statement recently that the amendments will be tabled in Parliament is to be welcomed. I hope he will press for these amendments to be brought to Parliament as soon as possible.

The proposed amendments will help to curb animal abuse, provide for animal welfare and help address some of the serious concerns that have been brought up by the Society for the Selangor Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) and numerous other non-governmental organisations which are campaigning actively to make positive change for the welfare of animals.

Over the years and till this very day, animal lovers have stood by and watched helplessly as more and more cases of animal cruelty and abuse are committed daily by municipal council workers handling stray dogs with brute force, pet owners neglecting or abandoning their pets, zoo animals living in deplorable conditions, and with strays maimed or killed by cruel individuals.

Judging from the numerous comments from animal lovers the issue of cruelty to strays by local authorities must be addressed with a sense of urgency.

It is time for the relevant authorities to put an end to this kind of inhumane acts against animals and help improve Malaysia’s standing worldwide in the area of animal welfare.

I hope the Attorney-General's Chambers will expedite its study on the draft amendments so the ministry concerned can bring it to the Cabinet and also ensure the proposed Bill can be tabled in coming meeting of Parliament.

There should be no further delay in tabling the amendments as justice delayed is justice denied to the animals.

Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye

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RM100,000 fine, 6-mth jail for cruelty to animals under new act
Tue, 6th Sep 2011

PUTRAJAYA: 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, Veterinary Services director-general Datuk Dr Abd Aziz Jamaluddin said Monday.

He said the Act covered all animals, including fish and insects, whether owned by individuals or businesses and would define as cruelty the failure to feed them.

"We forget to feed our dog, that's cruelty. We keep it caged and it cannot look for food. We are in the process of defining 'cruelty' to create awareness so people realise that cruelty to animals can be on purpose or unintentional," he told reporters here.

Abd Aziz said the Act will require all premises housing animals to be registered with the Veterinary Services Department, and related business operators with the Malaysian Veterinary Council.

He said the department would monitor the premises every three to four months to ensure that they are properly maintained.

"We will also provide guidelines and a list of offences and other matters related to animal welfare," he said.

"We will carry out campaigns in collaboration with animal shelters to create public awareness," he added

Commenting on a media report on an animal hotel at Damansara Damai in Selangor that allegedly left its cats to starve, Abd Aziz said the owner of the premises can be charged under local by-laws as his licence had not been renewed since 2009.

He said the name of the company will be published on the department's website as a lesson to operators of such premises and as information to the public. - Bernama

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Stricter rules for handling strays
Wed, 22nd Jun 2011


KUALA LUMPUR: In a bid to prevent animal abuse, local authorities will soon have to follow stricter guidelines when handling stray animals, particularly dogs.
Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Chor Chee Heung said the ministry would be enforcing guidelines from the Veterinary Services Department (VSD) on catching and exterminating stray dogs.

He was speaking at a press conference after meeting representatives of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) Selangor and several other NGOs to discuss stray dog management and strategies to reduce the stray dog population.


The guidelines state that stray animals which are caught must be transported to a nearby pound where they should be kept for seven days.


If the animal has not been claimed within the period, it should then be put down through euthanasia, which is considered a more humane method of controlling stray animal populations.

He also urged pet owners to spay or neuter their pets.


Chor said the ministry would look into amending bylaws under the Local Government Act 1972 for the licensing of dogs and establishment of kennels.

In 2008, a directive banning the shooting of stray animals was issued by the VSD at state level, but has largely been ignored.

Selangor SPCA chairman Christine Chin said in the past year, up to 80 complaints had been lodged against local authorities which were reported to use brute force when dealing with animals.


"Animal abuse can only be stopped if the government steps in and takes the lead," she said.

Those who wish to show their support against animal cruelty can sign the online petition at http://StopAnimalAbuse.my.



Read more: Stricter rules for handling strays http://www.nst.com.my/nst/articles//20stray/Article/#ixzz1PzxmlxLy

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Henti tembak binatang liar
Wed, 22nd Jun 2011



KUALA LUMPUR: Dalam tempoh tiga bulan lalu, beberapa badan bukan kerajaan (NGO) yang menjaga kebajikan haiwan, termasuk Persatuan Pencegahan Penganiayaan Haiwan (SPCA), menerima banyak aduan orang ramai berhubung cara pihak berkuasa tempatan (PBT) menangani masalah haiwan liar berkeliaran di Lembah Klang.

Ini kerana, haiwan liar seperti anjing dan kucing didakwa dimatikan dengan cara tidak berperikemanusiaan termasuk ditembak di lokasi haiwan itu ditemui berkeliaran. Bagaimanapun, masalah itu akan selesai dalam masa terdekat apabila Kementerian Perumahan dan Kerajaan Tempatan (KPKT) mengeluarkan arahan supaya haiwan liar yang ditangkap perlu ditahan selama tujuh hari dan jika tidak dituntut dalam tempoh itu, pihak terbabit boleh ‘mematikan’ haiwan berkenaan menerusi suntikan maut atau kaedah lain yang berperikemanusiaan.

Menterinya, Datuk Chor Chee Heung berkata, beliau akan memberikan arahan bertulis kepada semua PBT untuk mengikuti garis panduan baru itu, sejajar dengan proses pindaan undang-undang kecil bagi pelesenan anjing mengikut Akta Kerajaan Tempatan 1976 yang sedang berjalan.

“Mulai hari ini (semalam), KPKT akan arah dan memaklumkan kepada PBT termasuk di kawasan Lembah Klang supaya lebih bertanggungjawab dalam cara mereka ‘mematikan’ haiwan liar yang ditangkap,” katanya selepas mengadakan perbincangan dengan NGO pro-haiwan, semalam.

Beliau berkata, pindaan kepada undang-undang kecil itu antara lain menyentuh aspek pelesenan bagi haiwan peliharaan dan kaedah menguruskannya dengan lebih berperikemanusiaan.

Katanya, ada cadangan pemberian lesen yang dikelaskan kepada haiwan yang ‘dikembiri’ dengan haiwan yang ‘tidak dikembiri’ bagi mengelak pembiakan populasi haiwan secara tidak terkawal.
Sementara itu, Pengerusi SPCA Selangor, Christine Chin berkata, masalah kekejaman haiwan perlu ditangani secara serius kerana mereka yang mendera haiwan cenderung untuk mendera manusia.

“Penderaan haiwan berlaku lima kali lebih teruk daripada penderaan manusia, malah mereka yang menjadi pendera, bermula dengan mendera haiwan,” katanya.

Penasihat Jawatankuasa Penyelaras NGO Menjaga Kebajikan Haiwan, Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye pula berkata, pihaknya akan menganjurkan kempen menentang kezaliman haiwan bagi meningkatkan kesedaran di kalangan orang awam, terutama pemilik haiwan.

“Kita juga menggesa supaya pindaan Akta Haiwan 1953 bagi mengenakan hukuman berat kepada mereka yang melakukan kekejaman haiwan dipercepatkan,” katanya.

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Circular on humane guidelines to be sent as reminder
Wed, 22nd Jun 2011

KUALA LUMPUR: All local councils will be reminded to follow the Veterinary Department's humane guidelines on the catching and disposal of stray dogs to ensure that they are not treated cruelly, said Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Chor Chee Heung.

He said a circular would be sent to local councils to remind them that the rounding up of stray dogs must be done according to humane methods.

“After rounding up the dogs, they must take them back and keep them in areas under the care of local councils for seven days.

“If owners don't claim the dogs, the local councils will be at liberty to put the animals to sleep using injections and not bullets,” he said after meeting representatives of six animal welfare non-governmental organisations (NGOs) here yesterday.

He said if local councils had problems dealing with stray dogs, they could contact the Society For The Prevention of Cruelty To Animals (SPCA) or the Veterinary Depart-ment.

Chor said the ministry was also in the process of updating the by-laws on pet ownership.

“It will include the registration of dogs and the use of dog tags,” he said, adding that the minis- try would also encourage the spa- ying of animals as a way to reduce strays.

He said he would also join the SPCA in its efforts to increase the awareness on cruelty against animals.

Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye, who is the adviser for the NGOs, said dog catchers from different local au-thorities had different practices in capturing stray dogs and that some “had in-flicted a lot of harm and cruelty.”

He said the NGOs also presented a multi-pronged humane method at the meeting to assist the Government and ensure that the processes of capturing, housing and euthanasing were carried out without cruelty.

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TheStar coverage on press conference - "Draft To Curb Animal Abuse"
Wed, 8th Jun 2011



THE proposed amendment on the existing Animal Act 1953 — to impose stiffer penalties —is long overdue considering the prevailing cruelty inflicted on animals.

The situation attracted the attention of social activist Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye who expressed regret over the increasing cases of animal abuse lately.

He stressed that there was an urgent need for the new ruling to be implemented fast.

"The move by the Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Ministry to amend the current act and impose penalties of up to RM50,000 and a longer jail term is a step in the right direction,” he told a press conference for the “Stop Animal Abuse Petition” at the 4th Malaysian International Pets and Aquatics Exhibition recently.

The current penalties under the Animal Act 1953, which was revised in 2006, provides for a maximum fine of RM200 or six months’ jail or both for the offenders.

“It will certainly help to curb animal abuse, provide animal welfare and help address some of the serious concerns that have been brought up by Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) Selangor and numerous other non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to make a positive change for the welfare of Malaysian animals,” he said.

Lee hopes the Attorney-General’s Chambers will expedite its study on the draft amendments so that the ministry concerned can bring it to the Cabinet and also ensure that the proposed Bill can be tabled in the Dewan Rakyat this month.

“There should be no further delay in tabling the amendment as justice delayed is justice denied to the animals,” he said.

He also urged animal lovers to continuously shower love and compassion to their pets,” he added.

Lee later joined representatives of other NGOs to sign the petition calling on the government to take the necessary steps to prosecute individuals, government or private entities who have caused unnecessary suffering to animals or neglected their welfare.

Miss Malaysia/World 2009/2010 and also PETA Malaysia’s ambassador Thanuja Ananthan was also present to lend support.

SPCA Selangor and several NGOs are rallying for the nation’s support in their mission to collect as many signatures by end of 2011 to be handed over to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

PetFinder.my founder Andy Koh said the public can also make a difference by creating awareness on animal cruelty by documenting it on their camera phones and broadcasting it on social networks.

“Of late, this method has built great awareness and generated a public outcry on the issue which is very important to prevent further abuses,” he said.

SPCA Selangor chairman Christine Chin said the United States’ Federal Bureau of Investigation has long recognised the link between animal cruelty and violence towards humans where animal abusers are five times more likely to be violent in society.

“It is a red flag because it does not stop with animals, but continue on to children, women and society at large,” she said.

More than 12.000 signatures have been collected. To sign the petition, visit www.StopAnimalAbuse.my

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Petition Press Conference - June 5, 12pm @ Mid Valley Megamall
Thu, 2nd Jun 2011



The recent news reports on the cruel stray animal control methods employed by municipal councils indicate that despite public outrage and numerous pleas from NGOs for better stray animal management practices, legislators and elective representatives still lack the political will to consider alternative animal control methods, enforce animal protection laws or impose harsher punishment for cruelty to animals. Malaysia's inadequate laws, ineffective penalties and political apathy has come to the attention of the global community, and animal-lovers everywhere intend to lobby the Malaysian government into reviewing existing laws and practices.

Since its launch on 18th May 2011, an online petition against animal abuse and cruelty in Malaysia (http://StopAnimalAbuse.my/) supported by 16 local non-governmental organizations has garnered over 10,000 signatures. The NGOs hope to collect 50,000 signatures in the following months, and soon hand over the petition to the Prime Minister.


A press conference to announce the petition will be held, details as follows;

DATE: 5TH JUNE, SUNDAY
TIME: 12PM SHARP
VENUE: PET WORLD MALAYSIA 2011, STAGE @ MID VALLEY EXHIBITION CENTRE (MVEC), 4TH LEVEL, MID VALLEY SHOPPING MALL

Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye, a long-time animal-welfare activist will be attending the press conference and will lend his support by signing the petition. Other influential figures and celebrities are also expected to attend.

Friends of SPCA, Animal lovers and members of the media are invited to this press conference. Your support is greatly appreciated!

For enquiries, please contact SPCA Selangor’s MARCOMM Manager Helen Chan at 03-42535312.


Programme:

11.50 am VIPs and Heads of Animal Welfare Organisations arrive
12.00pm Intro Speech by Christine Chin, SPCA Selangor Chairman
12.05pm Speech by Andy Koh, Founder of PetFinder.my
12.10pm Speech by Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye
12.15pm Q & A session with Media
12.25pm Signing of petition by Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye & VIPS
(Photo session)

10,000 Signatures Reached!
Fri, 27th May 2011

10,000 PETITION SIGNATURES REACHED at 8:22pm.. In just 10 short days!

Watch out for our announcement on a Petition Press Conference & Signing Ceremony next Sunday, where VIPs and leading NGOs will be present.

First 10K signatures will be submitted to Prime Minister ASAP. Time is of essence in resolving this pressing issue.


TheStar Article: Stop The Animal abuse
Fri, 27th May 2011

SEVERAL NGOs, including Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) Selangor, are rallying for the nation’s support in its mission to collect 50,000 signatures by end of 2011 to be handed over to the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

The petition calls for the Government to 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 Animal Act 1953 (Revised 2006). Animal lovers from Malaysia and all around the world were quick to sign the petition online and spread the word, and to date 7,356 signatures have been collected online alone – 1.5 signatures a minute on average.

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Malaysians - I/C Number required for Petition Submission
Wed, 25th May 2011

Dear Petitioners,

Due to updated requirements for a more authoritative and effective petition submission, we would like to request that all Malaysians submit your I/C number together with your petition entry.

For Malaysians who have signed the petition previously without filling in the I/C number, you would have received an email from us with a special link leading you to a form at our http://StopAnimalAbuse.PetFinder.my/ website to fill in this information.

This would ensure that your entry is properly accepted and recognized by the Malaysian government.

Thank you very much.

Director of Earthlings posts our Petition on His Facebook page!
Sat, 21st May 2011

We can barely contain our excitement!

Have you watched Earthlings yet, people? EARTHLINGS is a powerful and informative documentary about society’s treatment of animals, narrated by Joaquin Phoenix with soundtrack by Moby. This multi-award winning film by Nation Earth is a must-see for anyone who cares about animals or wishes to make the world a better place. Check it out at www.earthlings.com now!

Director Shaun Monson (which some of us had the honour of meeting at the Asia For Animals Conference a few years ago) has posted our petition on the Earthlings Facebook page with 76,798 fans, with this awesome message :

"I was in Malaysia shooting footage for UNITY and made some friends at the SPCA. They've launched a petition to their Prime Minister to "Stop Animal Abuse" and adopt 6 clear resolutions to improve animal welfare. They have the support of 6 other non-profits and counting. In 3 days they have over 4,500 signatures - people are outraged at the amount of dog-catchers shooting pets. Please sign and cross post, friends!"

This is only the beginning of great things to come!

xoxo, The Entire Team

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Dog owner cries foul over cruel killing - JB
Sat, 21st May 2011

A landscape supervisor is upset and disappointed with the Central Johor Baru Municipal Council workers they shot his dog in the street and when the dog ran back into his house compound, the workers entered the compound, looped the injured animal and dragged it onto the road.

They shot it again, in front of his wife and son.

Again, another blatant abuse case by the municipal council and another innocent animal loses his life.

Enough is enough. Please sign the petition now!


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Not a dog's world in Selayang - another transgression by a local council!
Sat, 21st May 2011



SELAYANG: A family has alleged their pet dogs were forcefully taken from their home in Taman Seri Gombak by Selayang Municipal Council (MPS) enforcement officers and beaten at its pound despite having valid licences.

S. Gunasegar, 48, said his dogs, an Irish Terrier and a Chihuahua mixed breed named Tiger and Tommy respectively, suffered body and leg injuries as a result of the beatings.

“My veterinarian told me that the injuries to my pets were consistent with beatings using a sharp object,” he
told The Malay Mail.

Gunasegar said his neighbours told him the council officers came to his house about 10.30am on May 4 when he and his family were on holiday in Malacca.

“My house gate was left unlocked and the officers had barged in and took hold of my dogs without any prior notice given,” he said, adding the council officers said they took his pets due to complaints by neighbours irritated by the constant barking.

“I had to pay a RM200 fine but my two pets, which used to be so lively, looked lifeless when I brought them back on May 6.”

His daughter Molly, 23, said: “Tommy's thick hair had to be shaved off so that the veterinarian could take a closer look at its skin injuries due to the beating. The two days our dogs were at the pound also traumatised both, and Tiger, which is one and a half years old, also fainted.”

Gunasegar said he wanted an apology and RM5,000 as compensation from the council for the ill-treatment of his pets.

“My dogs are licensed and the council officers had no right to enter my property without permission.”

At Press time, the council could not be reached for comment.

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We're LIVE!
Wed, 18th May 2011

Hi everyone! We've gone live with the petition as of this afternoon, thanks to the good folks at petfinder.my who have been working tirelessly the last few days building and tweaking this petition!

This is the Big Kahuna petition for animal welfare in Malaysia, we've got 8 Malaysian NGO's on board and counting!

Please help the voiceless animals - share this on Facebook, tweet it, blog it, print the forms and collect signatures at your school, office or events.

We've GOT to get at least 50,000 signatures by end of 2011, and we're certain we can do it by working together for the sake of our Malaysian animals - who are being neglected, starved, kicked, and abandoned as we read this.

Click away! Every person counts in making a difference for every animal out there!

Regards,
The Entire Team

Site Almost Ready To Launch!
Wed, 18th May 2011

Hi all, we're firming up the final details before the petition goes live e.g. wording of petition, supporting NGO's etc. We hope the site can go live tomorrow, fingers crossed!

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