Thursday, January 27, 2011

More Reports On Poodle Abuse


You Tube video above is from The Star.

The stories below are from the Malay Mail:

Hunt the poodle abusers within 24 hours – or risk vigilante action!

Thursday, January 27th, 2011 18:02:00
Animal welfare groups
24-HOUR ULTIMATUM: Surendran (standing, fifth from left) and other representatives of animal welfare and animal right groups showing their support at the Dang Wangi police headquarters this morning — Pic: Razak Ghazali

KUALA LUMPUR: Animal lovers have vowed vigilante action against a couple involved in the torture of a poodle as efforts intensified to save the cuddly dog.

Representatives of animal welfare and animal rights groups told The Malay Mail today that they would hunt the couple if the authorities failed to take any action within 24 hours.

They said the couple who had been implicated in the “Save the Poodle” Facebook groups should be hauled up for questioning by the police and the Veterinary Services Department.

This morning, Malaysian Animal Rights Society (ROAR) president, N .Surendran, lodged a police report on the abuse of the poodle at the Dang Wangi police station.

The report was also made on behalf of Petpositive, Malaysian Animal Welfare Society (MAW), Independent Living and Training Centre (ILTC) and Lawyers for Liberty (LFL).

In the report, the groups urged the police to immediately track down and arrest two suspects in connection with the torture of a small brown poodle.

The video of a man with tattoos on his arms filmed by a woman had gone viral and triggered angry reaction from animal lovers, including from abroad.

One woman from California even offered a reward leading to the arrests of the abusers.
It is not known when this cruel act occurred but animal lovers stand firm that it was not about when it happened, rather about the cruelty that was “shocking and despicable”.

The identity and whereabouts of the alleged abusers were also revealed and passed on the police.
Surendran told The Paper That Cares that he was disappointed with the Veterinary Services Department for failing to respond quickly to public uproar.

He said the police had also failed to investigate the matter promptly under Section 44 of the Animal Act 1953.
Petpositive president, T. Anthony, said animal abuse was getting bolder because of the authorities’ ignorance.

“Poodle is one of the best partners for the disabled as they are hearing dogs and help in our quality living,” said Anthony, who feels the act was boldly recorded because the abuser thought the authorities would not waste time with such cases.

He said: “Are dogs dangerous to humans or are humans dangerous to them?”

The 15-minute video clip continues to be the most viewed this week. It shows a man hitting, choking and throwing the dog across a room in a bid to teach it to stand on its hind legs.

It began as a link on Facebook by a woman who apparently found a pen drive containing the video clip at a mall recently. It went viral after it was posted on YouTube.

Latest checks show that “Save the Poodle” groups on facebook are fast growing.

One such site, Andrew & Michelle's "Save the Poodle" Mission on Facebook garnered hundreds of supporters shortly after it was set up on Tuesday.

The creator, identifying himself as Andrew Boey, said he had viewed the video clip several times and had highlighted several "clues", including the tattoo on the man's arm, so he could be identified.

Boey had posted several updates from SPCA Selangor and SPCA Singapore.

Story Two on Malay Mail:

Maximum fine likely to go up from RM200 to RM50,000

Thursday, January 27th, 2011 13:31:00
FLASHBACK: Our front page yesterday

KUALA LUMPUR: For almost 60 years, animal abusers in Malaysia have managed to get away with inflicting cruelty on defenceless animals and getting a mere slap on the wrist in return.
A maximum fine of RM200 and the threat of six months in jail were the only "deterrent" offered under the Animal Act 1953.

This is set to change this year when an amendment to the Act will see animal abusers hit with a maximum RM50,000 fine if found guilty of the offence.

The amendment, already presented for review, is expected to take place later this year when Parliament convenes its second meeting.

This was revealed to The Malay Mail by Veterinary Services Department director-general Datuk Dr Abdul Aziz Jamaluddin (pic), who said the maximum punishment under the archaic Act had outlived its effectiveness.
Datuk Dr Abdul Aziz Jamaluddin
“We know the public is not happy with the current penalty and neither are we. We feel the fine does not serve as a deterrent."

The department had sought the assistance of the Attorney-General (AG) to review the Act, specifically the fine.

“The draft of the proposed amendments has been sent to the AG. We expect the amendment to be presented at the next Parliament meeting."

Abdul Aziz said there were, however, no plans to lengthen the period of imprisonment for animal abuse.
"We believe the current penalty of six months imprisonment is enough for culprits to realise their mistake."
The proposed increased maximum fine has been welcomed by animal rights activists, who have campaigned for heavier penalties against animal abusers, to little avail, for years.

Groups such as Malaysian Dogs Deserve Better and Malaysian National Animal Welfare Foundation (MNAWF), said it was long overdue.

The development comes on the heels of public outrage following The Malay Mail's report on a video clip depicting a man, believed to be a Malaysian, abusing a poodle.

It was alleged the man's girlfriend had recorded the video, which showed the man hitting, choking and even throwing the dog across a room in a bid to teach it to stand on its hind legs.

The 15-minute clip, which began as a link on social networking site Facebook, went viral and was subsequently posted on YouTube. It sparked outrage among animals lovers, who were shocked at the inhumane treatment of the animal.

The Facebook page supposedly belonging to the woman who had videoed the incident was swamped with hate messages and calls for the couple to be prosecuted.

The Paper That Cares even received a phone call from an animal lover in California, who offered a cash reward for anyone who could successfully track down the couple.

The Veterinary Services Department yesterday appealed to those who knew the couple to contact the department.

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