The Malaysian Animal-Assisted Therapy for the Disabled and Elderly Association (Petpositive) participated at the global launching of the Compassion Charter last month.
Initiated by former Roman Catholic nun Karen Armstrong, the movement was launched globally on November 12.
Malaysia's participation was held at the same day at a full day seminar at the Hilton Hotel in Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
Petpositive was represented by Committee Member Antony Leopold and the Society's President Anthony Thanasayan.
The occasion was organised by three nongovernmental organisations. They were the Yayasan Budi Penyayang, Malaysian Interfaith Network (MIN) and the International Movement for a Just World (JUST).
The seminar was launched by former Prime Minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi. The whole day event drew together about 300 participants.
Petpositive brought together 30 participants - about twenty of them were trainee teachers of the learning disabled, courtesy of the Dyslexic Association of Malaysia under Puan Sariah Amirin.
Petpostive made a strong impression of compassion shown by animals towards human beings. We were the only organisation to stress this point.
We also called for an end of discrimination and ignorance by religious groups during the afternoon forum that feature half a dozen speakers from the various religious traditions of Malaysia including Islam.
The issue of service dogs in Malaysia and their right to accompany their disabled partners was also brought up.
The idea received warm responses from the participants.
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