Saturday, April 23, 2011

LIM: Dog Fight

Because about half of the Malaysian population are Muslim, dogs are automatically a race and religion issue.
Some counsels have banned dog ownership completely in their areas.  Then there are the press stories about other counsel anti-dog incidents:

There was the time when counsel people shot a pet dog in the owner's gardenThen there was the therapy dog that was shotAnd the counsel that started a dog killing competition.  And the counsel that strangles dogs rather then euthanising them humanely.  And this is all in the last year, and is only the tip of the iceberg.

Every time one of these stories comes out, there are many Malaysians from all races and religions who protest bitterly. 

In places where counsels are elected, people could vote out people they don't approve of.  But in Malaysia counsel officials are not elected; they are appointed by state officials.  State officials are elected on a 5 year basis.  As such, you can get counsel people who work hard and are in touch with what locals want, or you may get some bum who is in a position of power because he or she pulled some strings.   

Anyhow, the people in my area protested vigorously this week when one of our council people gave a press interview and said that all dogs should be leashed, muzzled and kept out of all public places.  He said he was sending his people around to confiscate any dogs being taken for a walk by their owners without a muzzle and leash.  You can read his statement here.

After a public outcry, our elected official for our area says dogs need not be muzzled, and a government official has said dogs will not be confiscated, although owners of certain banned/restricted breeds will be asked where they got their pets, and monitored to see if they are controlling their dogs properly. 

There is *GASP* a hint that officials may consider a dog-friendly park for the thousands of voters in our area who have pets!!!!!

I'm watching with great interest because this is the sort of issue that really sheds light on how Malaysians get along - or not. 


Katnip Lounge said...

Of all the cotton-pickin' things for government to get into...

Humans! I'd rather be a Cat, I think.

Angel MoMo and Charlotte said...

It always saddens me to hear about discrimination of this degree to furries.

We are blessed to be living in an area where furries, especially dogs, are loved. A recent survey of local residents shows that over 73% are dog lovers and spend as much or more time with their dogs as their partners. There are cafes catering to dogs in parks with puppicino for the doggies while humans can chat over coffee

Anonymous said...

Why is it then authorities are so quick to point fingers at animals and call them dangerous and come up with ridiculous guidelines but when it comes to cases of animal abuse, they are completely silent? A dog bites a woman,immediately the dog must be put down. A girl tortures and kills cats, and she gets a press conference and gets sent to therapy.

Poor dogs, may enough animal lovers have the power to protect them.

Old Kitty said...


Yay for those kind people who protest and fight against this discrimatory practices against woofies and their owners!!! These anti-doggie laws can and must be changed!!!!!!! How awful! Poor doggies and their humans! :-(

But thank you for a small glimmer of hope! take care

Brian said...

Those humans are pure 100% evil!

meowmeowmans said...

We're so glad so many Malaysians protest whenever these awful practices come to light. Thank you for caring so much about the woofies and their people ... we're pleased there's a glimmer of hope in your area!

Thank you for tweeting and posting on Facebook about Petunia! She is still looking for her forever home, but with so many people sharing about her (and purring and praying for her, too), we're hoping our sweet pal gets adopted very soon. We will let you know as soon as she finds her forever home. And thank you again!!!

Whisppy said...

REALLY! A dog-friendly park here!? REALLY? Wow......this I await with bated breath.....

Anya said...

Happy Easter to all from
Kareltje =^.^= Betsie >^.^<
Anya :)



(Ik ben t nog voor je aan het opzoeken van t puzzelboekje en ik kan t ook niet 123 vinden, maar ik zoek verder :))

The Creek Cats said...

Happy Easter, friends!

Dianne said...

I hope your area gets the dog park!
how terrible that one of the most loving creatures on earth is regarded in this way

Naddy said...

i'm a muslim and I never touched a dog. But I love them all the same. There's a reason why Islam forbade Muslims from touching them but Islam never told us to demolish them. There's a reason why they exist. So logically we must live with them harmoniously.

We have plenty of stray dogs where we live and back in jb where I live we have neighbours who have dogs. I don't feel scared to death about getting bitten or touched by a dog. We wash the area where they touch us and resume life.

It would be nice for dogs to have their own park too. They are creatures with needs too and God love them too.


We will purr and hope that the dog park gets built.

>^..^< >^..^< >^..^< >^..^< >^..^<
Abby Ping Jinx Boo Gracie

Neri said...

one of my favorite things to do is watch owners walk their dogs. i might not be able to touch them but i love them all the same! all these issues have me shaking my head and fists too. it's sad. but i always hope things will get better and the discrimination be gone!

Jessica said...

Hi Ellen, from a fellow animal lover to another - I'm spreading the word to all foodies & animal lovers about this restaurant that is inhumane towards a cat :

고양이 아줌마 (Cat Lady) said...

Wow! You know, with our authorities always flip-flopping on their decisions, I'm very interested in this latest development of a dog park.

~CovertOperations78~ said...

If Kelantan and Terengganu were to have dog parks, there will be separate ones for males and females. Yet despite all these measures to prevent "immoral behaviour", the number of puppies born out of wedlock will steadily increase.