We must stop turning a blind eye to animal cruelty

COMING on the heels of the case of a man who put three cats in a washing machine, resulting in their deaths, was another case of animal cruelty, this time by council workers who bludgeoned a stray dog to death. The latest miscreants must be made to face the full force of the law.

The public must therefore heed the call by Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye, patron of the Selangor Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, to be vigilant and report similar cases for the authorities to take quick action (“Cops probing animal cruelty by council workers”, Sunday Star, July 11; online at bit.ly/star_cruelty).

Many such cases have previously gone unreported, perhaps because of the mistaken belief that cruelty to animals, especially to stray dogs, is not a punishable offence.

But it is. Under the Animal Welfare Act 2015, it is a punishable offence to kill, poison, or maim some denizens of the ocean, land and forest.

The police must be applauded for investigating the latest case despite their other onerous duties.

At times like these when we face movement restrictions and we remain indoors, there will be stray animals foraging for food in housing estates and eating shops. Let them be.

We must all stop turning a blind eye to animal cruelty.

EMPHIL , Kuala Lumpur

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