SCORES OF YOU have written in to ask why PETPOSITIVE is not taking part in an important signature campaign handover that is taking place in a popular mall this Sunday.
Well, the fact is, Petpositive was supposed to.
Until our national animal-assisted therapy society got unceremoniously kicked out by the petition organiser: namely the Selangor SPCA.
The move was meant to be somewhat a "punishment" of sorts for comments made by our President Anthony Thanasayan to the online news portal Free Malaysia Today.
The funny thing about this whole banana skin joke of the SPCA Selangor is that Petpositive was one of the first fews NGOs to rush in and endorse the signature campaign.
So much so that we even received an email - almost at once, and somewhat like a standing ovation, if you will - commending us for our commitment towards animal issues.
Not only that, but Thanasayan even played an instrumental part in getting PAWS Animal Welfare Society to get back into the petition campaign when the latter withdrew out of protest for some other matter.
Petpositive was booted out of the petition because animal lovers were said to be "furious" with Thanasayan's remarks about animal NGOs in the article. They were even "threatening to withdraw their support", it was alleged.
At least that is what the SPCA's weak and rather lame excuse was when they wrote to our President to inform him about the sudden disappearance of Petpositive's logo from the document.
Such a cheap stunt by the Selangor SPCA only discriminates against persons with disabilities and the elderly who depend daily on animal-assisted therapy for positive living nationwide.
It really shows that they have no interest and really couldn't quite care less about the role and importance of representation of these specialised groups of people.
And wouldn't it have simply warmed the heart of the Prime Minister, to whom this petition is said to be eventually going to, to have seen the handicapped and elderly who are actively receiving animal-assisted therapy's endorsement as well in the document?
So what did Thanasayan say that was apparently so outrageous to animal groups that made their blood shoot up to the sky?
Here it is in a nutshell once again:
- Stop being viewed as hypocrites to local councils.
- Work with them instead of constantly fighting against them.
- You cannot win the war without educating them first.
- Change your strategy or risk becoming irrelevant altogether - and forever.
The SPCA Selangor's kicking out of Petpositive is not only unethical but a clear act of betrayal against a fellow animal NGO who has faithfully worked with them over the years.
They seem to give an impression that hundreds - (okay, let's be generous here: even thousands) - were against Petpositive.
What about the scores of groups that we know that are against the SPCA and attack them openly in their blogs and Facebook pages?
Some of them now appear to be bedfellows with them for the sake of convenience?
SPCA Selangor has forgotten that the very person - and organisation - they are against - namely Anthony Thanasayan had played a key role in getting them into committees with many of the local councils over the past three years to work for change for the animals.
Without him, it remained only as a tantalizing fantasy.
I guess we all learn new things about people and NGOs every day we suppose.
With such shallow and closed up minds, how can one ever dream of being a viable voice for animals especially when it comes to changing local councils so-called "hearts of stone."
We are only letting out nothing but hot air.
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