If the recent neglect and downright cruelty that took place at the Petknode boarding facility in Petaling Jaya weren’t enough to make Malaysia’s government take a stand against cruelty to animals, surely this case will do it.
On a construction site overseen by the Wong Kwok Group (WKG), several stray dogs were abused and tortured before ultimately dying as a result of the injuries they had sustained. The dogs were beaten with metal pipes and, after attempting to escape, had their legs broken. One dog in particular had a thick wire tied around his mouth while his left eye protruded from his skull, eventually becoming dislodged.
As long as the Malaysian government refuses to change legislation regarding cruelty to animals, such abuse will be a common occurrence. The fine for this type of cruelty is currently a paltry 200 ringgit, which is effectively a slap on the wrist. There’s also a long list of repeat offenders, which shows that these fines simply don’t work.
On a positive note, though, animal activist Nurul Shakinah documented the crime scene. She took pictures of the people who had allegedly abused and killed the dogs—they smiled and laughed for the camera—as well as of the license plates of their vehicles and the name of the local company printed onto a truck’s side door, Pembinaan Southern (managed by WKG).
While it’s far from a victory yet, we can’t help but feel hope at the number of bloggers and news outlets that picked up this story in Malaysia and throughout Asia. The in-boxes of WKG and Pembinaan are currently being bombarded by compassionate people, and we urge you to join them.
We encourage you, as well as your friends and family, to e-mail WKG officials at [email protected] and ask them to fire the workers involved immediately.
Nobody deserves to die this way, and with your help, we can help prevent it from happening in the future.
Posted by Rochelle Regodon