Animals deserve the same treatment as humans

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  • Saturday, 09 May 2020

I REFER to the letter “Vet services locked down by roadblock” (The Star, April 30). My heart breaks every time I read about people’s lack of concern for animals, as described in the letter.

But I know Malaysia is a caring and loving society and that there are many individuals who will fight tooth and nail to rescue and rehabilitate abandoned animals.

One of them is Muhammad Nur Hazim, a boy who has been taking care of a blind dog that was abandoned by its owners when they suddenly moved out of our neighbourhood.

We need to understand that animals are sentient beings that are capable of feeling pain and joy. It is therefore unfair to treat them in a callous manner.

To those who rescue animals, the act is a promise made to the animal that it would be free from any form of confinement, danger and violence from then on. It is also a promise to ensure that the animal will experience love, comfort and safety.

We need to understand that for the owners, their pets elicit strong emotional responses in them. This is because their pets provide both social and emotional support and are viewed as members of the family. Pets are available when human friends are not, and they provide companionship without any conditions attached.

We must understand that to the veterinarians, the main objective of their profession is to relieve the suffering of animals and also provide emotional assurance and comfort to the owners and rescuers.

To me, veterinarians are super heroes because they safeguard the welfare and health of innocent animals who cannot speak, what more share the pain and agony they are going through.

Veterinarians cannot ask their patient what is wrong; they’ve just got to know. To me, being a vet is one of the most noble vocations on earth.

Veterinarians are also healthcare professionals; it is just that their patients are not human.

In the words of Albert Schweitzer, the Alsatian-German theologian (1875-1965): “We must fight against the spirit of unconscious cruelty with which we treat the animals. Animals suffer as much as we do. True humanity does not allow us to impose such sufferings on them. It is our duty to make the whole world recognise it. Until we extend our circle of compassion to all living things, humanity will not find peace.”

On that note, we must all acknowledge that animals have an intrinsic value and are worthy of moral consideration.


Shah Alam

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