RECENTLY I went to a pet show held at Danga Bay City in Johor Baru expecting to see animal lovers showcasing their beloved pets in a competition. What greeted me instead was the most horrific and appalling; animals abused in the disguise of pet shows!
Majority of the vendors there are actually pet shops peddling their wares and animals. I am fine with peddling wares like accessories, foods and supplements for pets and services but definitely not animals. It is abuse of the highest order!
Puppies and kittens were in cages and stacked on top of each other. Hamsters, guinea pigs, hedgehogs and chinchillas were squeezed together in cages. The worst were the hamsters. Each glass cage had at least a minimum of 15 hamsters! And they had to endure two terrible days cooped up in their cages with no exercise, not to mention having to endure being picked-up and manhandled by potential customers and their custodian guardian, the shopkeeper and their temporary helpers!
Then there were the reptiles that were cooped up in individual round glass casings and visitors or potential customers tapping the glasses trying to get response from them to see if they were active or not.
What is clear is that the animals were being mistreated! I saw the helpers literally throwing some hamsters from one cage to another in a careless manner as if the hamsters were rubbish.
Then there were the kids that poked at them and the parents seemed to be oblivious to their wrongdoing. There was even one guinea pig with a bleeding wound on its back and nothing was done to ease the poor creature’s discomfort.
If those animals had it bad in the cages, then the worst would go to those rabbits that were caged in a play pen with the signboard “Pat a Rabbit for RM1” or the “Scoop a Strainer of Fish for RM1”.
It must have been very stressful for the rabbits and fishes that were being chased around and then being handled roughly. I wouldn’t be surprised if they would suffer depression or even die after the two-day event.
I totally abhor this kind of pet shows and it should never be allowed in the first place.
Strangely there were pet magazines to promote “Adopt an animal instead of buying” scheme and were oblivious that animals were being abused right under their nose!
Will the relevant authorities and NGOs please make sure that all sales of live animals are prohibited in future pet shows?
YUAN WAI PENG
Johor Baru, Johor
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