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Inhumane treatment of canines in Malaysia

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By Caroline Vimla
Posted Apr 22, 2012 in World
Time and time again, the inhuman methods of putting down stray canines have made headlines in Malaysia .The latest in question is the use of blowpipes and poison darts to kill stray dogs in Kota Kinabalu. The authorities in Kota Kinabalu have reportedly engaged a stray dog ‘terminator’ to use this primitive method to address the issue of stray dogs in Semporna, Sepanggar, Kudat and Pulau Mabul.
The proper procedure is for the authorities to take in stray dogs and provide them with food , water and shelter for 48 hours while waiting for them to be redeemed by their owners. If no one claims the stray dogs then they are put to sleep by injection. Instead of adhering to this standard procedure, the authorities have turned to what is called ‘cost effective’ way of ‘getting rid’ of the canines.
A stray dog may be someone’s pet and very much a part of his/her family. It is unfair to just kill these animals in such a manner without giving a chance for their owners to redeem them. The canines have a right to live here as much as we Malaysians do. Making them suffer by using such a cruel and brutal method is heart-wrenching.
What values are we teaching the younger generation?
Who gave one single person the authority to go about using blowpipes and poison darts to kill these dogs?
Please speak up for the canines in Malaysia by signing the petitions on these links:
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/555/397/991/stop-shooting-stray-dogs-in-kota-kinabalu/
http://stopanimalabuse.petfinder.my/
Please push the SPCA in Kota Kinabalu to take action against this by posting on their facebook page:
http://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=257789997643901&id=207200722626426¬if_t=share_reply
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I did a little bit of reading on the barbaric manner stray dogs have been treated over the years in Malaysia. Here is a timeline and the links:
2009 – Kuala Lumpur City Hall pound located in Air Panas ~ cats drowned and dogs strangled to death
Link : http://malaysiandogsblogofshame.blogspot.com/
Dogs shot to death in Tanjung Bungah
Link: http://anilnetto.com/economy/development-issues/stray-dogs-being-shot-in-tanjung-bunga/
2011 – ropes used to strangle dogs
Link : http://malaysiandogsdeservebetter.blogspot.com/2011/02/what.html
2011 - A landscape supervisor was 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.
The MBJBT workers then shot the dog a second time and killed it.
Link : http://www.facebook.com/notes/malaysian-dogs-deserve-better/dog-owner-cries-foul-over-cruel-killing/10150182884411658
http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=%2F2011%2F5%2F20%2Fnation%2F8719693&sec=nation
2011 – Open shooting of dogs by Penang Municipal Council (MPPP)
Link : http://thestar.com.my/metro/story.asp?file=%2F2011%2F5%2F25%2Fnorth%2F8739429&sec=North
2011 - The Batu Pahat Municipal Council has begun investigations into a YouTube video featuring its staff capturing and putting to sleep a stray dog in a cruel manner.
Link : http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=%2F2011%2F5%2F13%2Fnation%2F8658459&sec=nation
2011 - THE senseless and cruel shooting of a therapy dog in Ipoh was a big setback for Petpositive, an animal-assisted therapy organisation for the disabled and elderly.
The canine, Spunk, was shot dead by the local council (MBI). Spunk belonged to a 75-year-old retired teacher living in Taman Merdeka.
Link : http://thestar.com.my/columnists/story.asp?file=%2F2010%2F11%2F18%2Fcolumnists%2Fwheelpower%2F7433430&sec=wheelpower
2012 : Kota Kinabalu: Animal rights activists want local authorities to stop engaging a "stray dog terminator" who boasts using a cost-effective but primitive method of killing these creatures using his blowpipe.

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