May 17, 2011 - The Star
Group: Revise Act to put a stop to
PETALING JAYA: Animal activists and pet owners hope that the Government
will amend the Animal Act to provide harsher penalties to those found guilty
of cruelty towards animals.
Independent animal activist S. Daniya,
30, said she was dumbfounded by how acts of cruelty towards animals could
just be shrugged off as unimportant.
'Animal cruelty is becoming more
and more frequent with videos of acts such as the abuse of a poodle being
shared rampantly on Facebook,' she said. No to animal cruelty: Animal
activists and pet owners gathering outside the Petaling Jaya district
police headquarters to hold a peaceful demonstration on Saturday. The
group hopes that the law will be amended to punish those who abuse
Daniya said the Act currently only provided a maximum fine
of RM200 or jail time of not more than six months.
time for the Act to be amended to provide a fine of at least RM10,000
which will be a bigger deterrent and make people think twice before they
abuse animals,' she said.
Daniya was among a group of 10 people who
gathered outside the Petaling Jaya district police headquarters on
Saturday to protest against the killing of a dog by the Batu Pahat
Municipal Council in full view of residents of a housing area there.
She also lodged a police report over the killing. The case has been
referred to the Batu Pahat Police for further action.
and volunteer P. Ramin, 35, condemned the actions of the municipal
council in killing the dog in public.
'They (municipal council
workers) should have caught the dog, kept it for a few weeks and tried to
ascertain if it was a stray or belonged to a family in the area.
'They just can't go around killing dogs in housing areas. It would have been
traumatising if a child had witnessed it,' he said.
Rani, in her 30s, said municipal workers should not overstep their
authority in catching of strays.
Batu Pahat CID chief Deputy Supt Che
Mahazan Che Aik confirmed that police had received the report.
are aware of the report and will investigate the matter,' he said.
Organic farm owner fights to save his pitbulls - The Star
May 22, 2011
Two of his dogs fatally mauled Irish tourist Maurice
Sullivan earlier this year but Joseph Teoh is hopeful that the animals
are not put to sleep.
GEORGETOWN: The saying that dogs are man's best friend is becoming
remarkably meaningful for an organic farm owner here who is now waging a
campaign tosave the lives of his four pet pitbulls.
The odds are
stacked against him as a Magistrate's Court here has ordered that the four
canines be put down, but their owner Joseph Teoh has yet to give up his
personal crusade to uphold what he terms as animal rights.
of pitbulls are mostly not allowed by most local authorities who govern the
issue of licensing.
Malaysians are mostly preoccupied over the issues
of human rights, so it is unique to observe how animal rights are handled in
Teoh has initiated an online petition to save the lives
of at least two out of the four pitbulls from being injected with an insulin
which ends their doggie lives in Balik Pulau.
He is also seeking out
social-conscious lawyers to file an emergency injunction in the High Court
to set aside an earlier court order, pending a judicial review of the case.
'I was put off by the expensive fees quoted by certain lawyers here.
Nonetheless, I will shoulder on. If I have to represent myself, I will. Dogs
have rights too,' said Teoh, a former bank officer.
This story began
nine days into the New Year when two of the pit bulls were found by the
police, the veterinary authorities and finally the court to have fatally
mauled Irish tourist Maurice Sullivan who had days earlier requested to work
as a volunteer on Teoh's farm.
The farm which cultivates organic
fruits and vegetables, is the brainchild of the 42-year-old Teoh and his
wife Teoh Bee Eng.
He uses terrier-breed dogs to guard the farm from
dangerous trespassers such as snakes, monkeys and wild boar.
the dogs were loitering unchained at the farm while another two were encaged
in a kennel during the alleged incident.
*Fined by the court
Police investigators compounded the first two alleged killer canines while
the other two were also surrendered by Teoh later upon request by the cops.
The dogs were then found to be dangerous after a post mortem report
indicated that the unfortunate victim was bitten and mauled based on the
Teoh admits that he was at fault for ignoring the tagging
of the dogs and for not licensing them, as both issues had escaped his mind
but he is insisting that not all dogs should be put down.
down four dogs is illogical. Does this mean that when a murderer is found
guilty, his entire family must also be sentenced to death? Animals have
rights even if they cannot speak.'
On April 4, Teoh and his wife were
each fined RM4,000 in default of three months' jail each when they pleaded
guilty to owning the four dogs without collars and licences.
who were unrepresented, admitted to committing the offence on Jan 9 at
around 10.35am in the orchard farm at Balik Pulau. Teoh has since obtained
licences for the four dogs.
He said that he pleaded guilty as he was
given an impression from the authorities that he can appeal the decision to
put down the dogs.
overheard through the grapevine that the dogs were to be put down without
any prior notice given to him.
Since then, he is having sleepless
nights, finding ways to delay the process, originally planned for last
Friday, thus the birth of an online petition to seek support.
Together with friends and his wife, Teoh also went to the state veterinary
kennel on Friday where the dogs are kept to openly appeal.
teary-eyed Teoh managed to win a respite for the dogs yesterday.
Penang municipal council has delayed the process until May 31, giving Teoh
10 days to plea his case through legal redress.
The ruling is that
the pitbulls are to be handed over to the council to be destroyed or dealt
with in any other action deemed appropriate.
Teoh sees a loophole but
he needs lawyers who are willing to fight the case passionately and not just
to make a quick buck or fame.
For now, he is reaching out to the
online community to get their views while he wages his campaign, using all
means at his disposal.
His online petition is available at *
As of 11am on Sunday, Teoh has
collected 264 signatures.