PETALING JAYA: As an avowed animal lover, Tengku Permaisuri Selangor Tengku Permaisuri Norashikin is both relieved and satisfied the wrongdoer who killed a pregnant cat by putting it into a dryer at a launderette last September has been sentenced by the court.
“I still feel grief and sadness because there are other incidences of cruelty towards animals including a kitten that was stepped on until it died and the case of poisoning and burning dogs,” she said in a statement.
On Thursday, taxi driver A. Mohanraj, 42, was sentenced to two years jail after he changed his plea to guilty when the case came up for mention.
The incident was widely condemned by social media users.
Tengku Permaisuri Norashikin, who is the royal patron of SPCA Selangor’s Stray-Free Campaign, also urged the Department of Veterinary Services (DVS) and local councils to educate the public on responsible pet ownership.
She expressed hope that the authorities would take proactive measures to promote the concept of “Caring and Compassionate Communities”.
She said this would include promoting initiatives to spay or neuter and also to build shelters for unwanted animals.
She also urged the authorities to work with NGOs and concerned members of the society to work in eradicating any cruelty towards animals.
“I appeal to all Malaysians to have compassion and love for these unwanted strays which are not capable of defending themselves,” she said.
Under The Animal Welfare Bill 2015, animal abusers can face a fine of between RM20,000 and RM100,000 and a jail sentence of not more than three years if convicted.