Independent animal activist S. Daniya, 30, said she was dumbfounded by how acts of cruelty towards animals could just be shrugged off as unimportant.
“Animal cruelty is becoming more and more frequent with videos of acts such as the abuse of a poodle being shared rampantly on Facebook,” she said.
Daniya said the Act currently only provided a maximum fine of RM200 or jail time of not more than six months.
“It's about time for the Act to be amended to provide a fine of at least RM10,000 which will be a bigger deterrent and make people think twice before they abuse animals,” she said.
Daniya was among a group of 10 people who gathered outside the Petaling Jaya district police headquarters on Saturday to protest against the killing of a dog by the Batu Pahat Municipal Council in full view of residents of a housing area there.
She also lodged a police report over the killing. The case has been referred to the Batu Pahat Police for further action.
Pet lover and volunteer P. Ramin, 35, condemned the actions of the municipal council in killing the dog in public.
“They (municipal council workers) should have caught the dog, kept it for a few weeks and tried to ascertain if it was a stray or belonged to a family in the area.
“They just can't go around killing dogs in housing areas. It would have been traumatising if a child had witnessed it,” he said.
Activist Puspa Rani, in her 30s, said municipal workers should not overstep their authority in catching of strays.
Batu Pahat CID chief Deputy Supt Che Mahazan Che Aik confirmed that police had received the report.
“We are aware of the report and will investigate the matter,” he said.
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