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Petknode – ‘They’ll bark, but not bite’

 | September 5, 2011

Lots of promises will be made, but nothing will come out of it, says an animal rights activist.

PETALING JAYA: Promises of punishment and political posturing are all that will come from the government before the Petknode pet abuse fiasco is swept under the carpet.

Malaysian Animal Welfare Society president Shenaaz Khan said the government does not care about animal abuse cases.

“The pet owners (affected by Petknode) can make as many police reports (against Petknode) as they want, but what is going to be done after the reports are made?” she asked.

Shenaaz was referring to the hundreds of cats left to die while in the care of pet boarding facility Petknode, while their owners were away on holiday.

She said the Department of Veterinary Services (DVS) will most likely let off the company’s owners with nothing more than a slap on the wrist.

“They (DVS) are the enforcement agency with regard to domestic animals… (but) not much action will be taken against (Petknode).

“They (Petknode) will certainly get away with it, there will be a public outcry for a while, the company will lose their license, but (later on), they will just set up another business elsewhere,” she added.

Several pet owners received their cats from the company late Saturday night. Left in a malnourished state, the owners complained on Twitter and Facebook.

This alerted other pet owners, who eventually had to break into Petknode’s Damansara Damai office to get to their cats.

It was later revealed that more cats were locked away in a Saujana Utama bungalow.

The pet owners found over 300 cats without food and water for nine days. At least 13 have died from starvation.

The police had since questioned two people over the incident.

‘Department utterly incompetent’

Targeting DVS, Shenaaz said she did not expect them to do anything beyond a few words of warning.

“They will come out to look like valiant protectors but they’re completely and utterly incompetent. All they’re good for is coming out with statements,” she said.

Shenaaz said that DVS officials are not animal-friendly and lax in taking action against animal abusers.

She also criticised the Animal Act 1953 (2006 Amendment), arguing that it is not adequate to deal with animal abuse cases.

Currently, the Act states that anyone guilty of cruelty to animals would be liable to a RM200 fine or a six-month jail term or both.

Sheenaz then cited Chao Xiao Wei’s case as an example. In March this year, Chao stomped on three kittens.

Her actions, captured on CCTV and spread over the Internet, led her to being slapped with a RM400 fine but no jail term.

Sheenaz also slammed the Agriculture and Agro-based Industries Ministry, which oversees the DVS, for constantly promising to raise the Act’s maximum fine to RM50,000 and one year’s jail.

“It’s just something they like to talk about to shut people up,” she said, adding that Noh Omar, the minister-in-charge, did not follow up with his promises.

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