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melmel
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Mar 26, 2010, 12:01 AM

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25th March 2010


Prime Minister Office
Bangunan Perdana Putra
Pusat Pentadbiran Kerajaan Persekutuan
62505 Putrajaya
Malaysia


Attn : a) Yang Mulia (YM)Tengku Adnin Tengku Adnan,
b) Yang Berhormat (YB) Senator Tuan Murugiah,

RE : Dog - Wood Shoved Down Throat, Leg & Neck Tied Tight 2 Pole by KTM Station Staff, Malaysia
YB & YM replies on the above matter are noted with thanks.

We appreciate YB & YM quick response in handling the complain regarding the above mentioned cruelty. Please note that after the unpleasant incident took placed in KTM Kepond Station, KTM President Dr Aminuddin Adnan has made a statement which is truly disgusting (as per attached below). In his statement, he has confirmed that the cruelty was took place at KTM Komuter Kepong Sentral Station. However, he defended that he has helped the public in eliminating a nuisance (herein referred to the abused dog) . Worse still, he urged the public to appreciate his staff's cruelty act.

Kindly take nota that he is not a nobody, but a respectable high ranking government servant in which our tax money goes to his salary ! His statement not only discredits him, but also shows that he is a heartless human. Instead of conducting an investigation on the animal cruelty case and punished his staff who is at fault, he chosed to pledge his support in order to cover them.

For YB & YM information, after the wide explosure of this extreme cruelty case in the major press, animal blog, animal forum, as well as world wide web, many readers, bloggers including Muslim condemn his staff's cruelty act on the poor dog. (please refer to the below appended acticle in Malaysiakini by a Muslim). Moreover, it has drawn the attention of international animal welfare group - PETA. Dr Aminuddin Adnan should ashame of his unprofessional manner in dealing with public complain. It is inevitably that his department staff has committed a criminal under Section 43 of The Animal Act 1953 (revised 2006).

Lastly, we would like to reiterate that if his staff has gone against the law, the punishment has to be upon them. In this case, we are sorry to reiterate that Dr Aminuddin Adnan management skill and leadership are questionable.


Thank you

Yours faithfully
Justice for 1Malaysia



cc : All Animal Welfare Group
Yang Bahagia Dato. Abd Aziz- Director General of DVS




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melmel
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Mar 26, 2010, 5:34 PM

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Dear All,
Pls speak out 4 d abused KTM dog, sign d petition below :

www.thepetitionsite.com/1/str...ng-ktm-station


melmel
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Mar 28, 2010, 10:39 PM

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Reply from DVS :

Chief Enforcement Officer in Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur (HQ in Putrajaya had given instruction to her to handle the case )


melmel
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Apr 3, 2010, 9:24 PM

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MPS President Yang Dipertua Dato' Zainal Step in - MPS (Selayang)Dog Pound
2nd Apr Pet+Newsflash

You can now expect to witness a significant difference in how the Selayang Municipal Council (MPS) treats animals and issues related to them within its vicinity. The first of the big changes can be seen as early as next month.

MPS will be the setting up a special committee to deal with issues of dogs and other animals under its care. This decision was reached this afternoon at a special inaugural meeting at the MPS headquarters in Menara MPS in Bandar Baru Selayang. It was chaired by the Yang DiPertua of MPS, Dato Zainal Abidin Azim.

Two municipal councillors Mr Gunarajah George and Dr Ramli Jusoh (a retired veterinarian) were also present at the meeting. They were selected to head the special committee. The others there were made up of Dr Razif Zainol Abidin, Head of Health and Licensing.

Representatives also included the Department of Veterinary Services (DVS) in Gombak, Selangor and Putrajaya. Majlis Bandaraya Petaling Jaya (MBPJ) and Majlis Perbandaran Klang (MPK)'s Canine Advisory Team Chairman and President of PETPOSITIVE Anthony Thanasayan was also at the meeting. Thanasayan received a special invitation by the Selayang Council.

He told PET+BLOGSPOT that he was also asked to attend the meeting by Dr Xavier Jayakumar who has been following developments in the various pounds in Selangor with keen interest. Dr Jayakumar is the Chairman of Health, Plantation Workers, The Poor and Caring Government in the state of Selangor.

A number of positive changes that residents in Selayang - and its animals can expect - once after the formation of the committee is as follows:

a) Special training in dog-catching to be coordinated by Dr Jayakumar's office. Help will also come from the DVS and MBPJ's canine-catching unit.

b) Skills training in pound management from the abovementioned sources and MPK.

c) change of all outside staff to full MPS personnel in canine management and put-downs. The latter will be done with full supervision by trained veterinarians, including visiting vets.

d) Education programmes for dog owners on responsible pet ownership (RPO) which includes humane caring for pets and consideration for non pet lovers in the neighbourhood.

e) spay and neuter campaigns.

f) Dog day events that are specifically organised by MPS.

Other issues to be explored at future meetings are trap, neuter and release programmes for stray dogs and cats, dog parks, legislation to promote RPO. The Committee decided that NGOs can also play a role in the meetings. However, invitations will be sent out to them as and when their help is needed.


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melmel
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Apr 5, 2010, 12:42 AM

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Animal-testing centre to be set up in Malaysia

Apr 2010 Malay Mail

FULLY INTEGRATED: The new multi-million biotechnology centre in Malacca will feature several animal testing laboratories ¡ª Filepic

KUALA LUMPUR: A RM450 million deal has been signed between a large Indian biotechnology company and State government-owned Melaka Biotech Holdings Sdn Bhd this year. The State will soon see three animal-experimentation laboratories set up in Rembia in Alor Gajah.

The primate, small animals and canine-testing laboratories will be part of a one-stop fully-integrated biotechnology centre for the development, testing and manufacturing of medicines.

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between Malacca Biotech, Indian Biotechnology firm Vivo BioTech Limited and Vanguard Creative Technologies Sdn Bhd on Jan 21 in India. A joint-venture company, Vivo Bio Tech (M) Sdn Bhd was set up to facilitate this multi billion ringgit project, in which India's Vivo BioTech would hold majority equity, followed by Vanguard Creative and Melaka Biotech.

The MoU was inked in New Delhi by representatives of Vivo BioTech and Vanguard as well as by Malacca Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam, witnessed by Najib.

But as yet, no notice or application of permit has been made with the Peninsular Malaysia Department of Wildlife and National Parks (Perhilitan) and the Department of Veterinary Services (DVS).

Mohd Ali told The Malay Mail that the company was in the process of submitting building plans for the facilities to the Alor Gajah Municipal Council.

On the unease of animal welfare groups over the use of animals for experiments, the chief minister gave the assurance the State government would monitor the situation once the centre is set up and operational.

Meanwhile, Vivo Bio Tech (Malaysia) director Datuk Kuna Sittampalam stated that the proposed fully integrated biotechnology centre was still in its "early days" as the company has yet to submit building plans to the local council.

"There will be three phases in the construction. Phase one will be the animal-testing facilities while the second and third phases will encompass the biotech facilities," said Sittampalam.

He said the company will be importing Beagles from Holland for tests requiring canines, and most probably white mice for the small animal laboratory. He wasn¡¯t sure where they will get the primates from, "Most will be obtained locally, but if we are not allowed, then we will look overseas.

"This is a US$50 billion (RM170 billion) industry and Malaysia wants to be a part of this," said Sittampalam.

Not all tests can be replicated using human tissue culture in place of animals, he said, and explained that animal-testing is a small segment of the whole biotechnology process and people must look at the "bigger picture".

Unfortunately, he added, a biotechnology centre must have testing in order to be deemed fully-integrated. There must be the full sequence of drug development, testing and manufacturing, "so the picture is complete".



Growing protest of welfare groups
KUALA LUMPUR: News that a new biotechnology facility equipped with canine, primate and small animaltesting laboratories would soon be set up in Malacca has received opposition from local and international animal welfare NGOs who urge the government to step away from animal experimentation and testing. The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) chairman, Christine Chin said SPCA opposes the construction of any animaltesting laboratory. "There are so many duplication of tests in many areas, in which scientists use human tissue or stem cell tissue instead of using animals," she said, adding that animal-testing does not even provide complete and accurate data or results. She feels Malaysia should concentrate on refining testing using human tissue from stem cell initiatives instead of embarking on controversial businesses that use animals for tests.
"I understand that certain pharmaceutical testing requires animals and we must accept a certain amount of animal-testing unfortunately. But we must begin to move towards alternative techniques," she said.

"Malaysia should not open the economy to businesses like this as it promotes cruelty." Sahabat Alam Malaysia (Sam) was also disappointed with the news of the laboratories, stating that no animal-testing in any form should be allowed in this country. Its president S. M. Mohamed Idris also urged the use of human tissue cultures in place of "animals specially bred and killed for this purpose". "They need to assess the justification for using animals in experiments and carry out a meaningful evaluation on the harm these animals will endure," said Idris. He also questioned whether the biotechnology company gave any thought to the welfare of the animals it was bringing in, such as how they will be housed and destroyed after the experiments were carried out. "Is there an ethics committee set up to look into this and ensure the animals do not suffer before and during the experiments?" he asked.
UK-based British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (Buav) has also expressed concern over the news of the planned laboratories.

Its special projects director Sarah Kite told The Malay Mail: "The outsourcing of animal-testing to countries where restrictions may be more lax is a worrying development. This appears to be the case in Malaysia as we understand there is no legislation governing the use of animals in research or testing. Even with legislation, however, the suffering that will be inflicted on the animals used is immoral and unacceptable." She said Buav was also concerned as to the source of the primates to be used in tests at this facility, questioning whether the facility will be allowed to use Malaysia's own indigenous population of long-tailed macaques. "We urge the people of Malaysia to not allow itself to be part of an industry that inflicts such great pain and suffering on animals," said Kite.

Perhilitan and DVS in the dark
KUALA LUMPUR: Neither the Department of Wildlife and National Parks (Perhilitan) nor the Department of Veterinary Services (DVS) have officially heard about the planned biotechnology centre in Rembia, Malacca.

Perhilitan deputy directorgeneral Misliah Mohamad Basir said this was the first time she had heard of such a deal and that she can, to date, "confirm" that no one has approached Perhilitan to obtain a license for bringing in primates to the laboratory. "They must refer to us (Perhilitan) for licensing as primates are a protected species. This is a big issue. We will have to refer the matter to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment," she said.

Misliah also said that since there are no guidelines or policy on animal testing, Perhilitan will draft new guidelines for the of testing on animals under Perhilitan's jurisdiction if the Ministry were to approve such applications. DVS deputy director-general (veterinary health) Datuk Dr Ahmad Suhaimi Omar also stated he was not aware of the biotechnology centre in Rembia.

Currently, only a permit from DVS is needed if it involves the import of animals. ¡°For us, it is only the import of animals that will be of concern to us, but who has the authority to say yes or no to testing?" he asked, adding that the law (Animal Act 1953) contains legislation only on cruelty towards animals.


Tests a benefit to mankind
KUALA LUMPUR: On the other side of the spectrum, Laboratory Animal Science Association of Malaysia (Lasam) said animal-testing or experiment facilities in Malaysia had been around for a long time. Lasam president Dr Abdul Rahim Mutalib said:

"Animal-testing or experiments are part and parcel of research and development in medical, veterinary and biomedical sciences. Animals are used as living models in studies to answer pertinent questions regarding a problem or problems that affect man (or other animals species). We cannot use human subjects anyway. The results will eventually benefit humans in the end. "The animal is a complete living system in which many types of responses can be elicited either simultaneously or in a series over a period of time. No in-vitro system, be it computer simulation, cell or organ culture system, can replace the animal." He said once a researcher has developed a product meant for humans, he or she must also prove that it will not have any deleterious effect on humans.

As soon as a product is created, he said, the progression of testing would be first in an in-vitro system such as tissue, cell or organ culture, followed by in an in-vivo system such as in small mammals including rats, mice, guinea pigs, rabbits and even fish. Lastly, testing would be conducted on higher mammals such as dogs, and monkeys which are models for humans. "The best type of animals that they should use are those that are purpose-bred. You must not use pet dogs or pound dogs or those caught from the wild, as in the case of monkeys, as these animals' health status are not defined," said Dr Abdul Rahim.

"If you use these types of animals, it is likely that your results will not be valid because there are so many variables. Just like when we do experiments in the laboratory, we must use the highest-quality chemicals and the cleanest of glassware so that our results will be true results." Dr Abdul Rahim, however, stressed that experiments conducted on the animals must take into account their welfare before, during and after the procedures, and if there is pain, it must be minimised. "The research must be ethical and the benefit must outweigh the pain or suffering the animals undergo," he said. Thus, he suggested that a local committee called the Animal Ethics Committee (AEC) or the Animal Care and Use Committee (ACUC) must be set up to screen or evaluate any research proposal that needs to use animals.


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melmel
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Apr 5, 2010, 11:22 PM

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MDDB Notice Board :

UPDATE ON KTM DOG

Dear people,

sorry for the delay in updates. Have been busy taking care of some puppies down with distemper and parvo. Anyway, the KTM dog, that we have named KTM, is doing well and getting over his fear of people. He has a hearty appetite and this is a good sign. We have are also currently working on what we plan to do next in order to seek justice for KTM. We will keep everyone updated. Meanwhile, here are some pictures.

BTW Mr Soh of the DVS called and said that they want to take action but we would have to surrender the dog to them. What do you all think? Should we surrender vthe dog to DVS to allow them to see of they can take action or should we pursue the matter on our own? Feedback please. (feedback on d comment column of MDDB blog) :

malaysiandogsdeservebetter.blogspot.com/























melmel
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Apr 10, 2010, 12:47 AM

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MDDB Notice Board :

MDDB will be holding its monthly adoption drive this Sunday. We still have the Selayang and Klang puppies for adoption in addition to those rescued off the streets. Among the pups and dogs available for adoption this Sunday are three out of the four mange brothers from the Puchong pound. The mange brother with the worst skin condition was adopted last month. We were very touched when the family, which adopted him, selected the puppy that was that had the worst skin condition amongs all the puppies there. Their contention was that they were there to help us by giving one of the rescued puppies a home and the best way to do that would be to take the one that needed help the most. He is now much better with his hair growing back. Hopefully more people like this familiy would come to our adoption drive this Sunday.

Date: Sunday, April 11
Venue: Summit Subang Jaya, near the Starbucks enterance.
Time: 11.00am to 7.00pm
Details: 019-3576477, 012-3739007, 017-2081844

our finances are in the red again - and when we say red - we mean dark dark red. We owe a lot of vets money and have also used up our resources to pay for medicines and vitamins for our rescued puppies and dogs. We also need to pay our rental, utilities as well as helpers' allowance. The Klang and Selayang puppies, especially, took-up most of our resources as most of them had been very very ill.

Here what we need money for.



1) This old girl, now named Shriya, was found wailing and crying, in a car park in Subang Jaya. She was rescued by a motorist who had parked her car there and handed over to us. She is under the care of one of our fosterers and was recently diagnosed with failing kidneys. We need to put her on prescription food and kidney supplements which are both very expensive. Shriya is about 8 years old.




2) Senior White, Ms Husky and Forrest are still at the vets because they are not completely well. They have been there from the day of the rescue and we reckon their treatment and boarding is going to cost us. We have already paid the vet partially for the other pups admitted there including Ebony who had to undergo a blood transfusion.



3) Rolex too is at the same vet and he apparently has other healh issues including veneral disease. The treatment for that is quite expensive and we have to raise money for that as well.



3) Remember Lester? He too is still admitted at the vet's for various other problems and we reckon that he is going to cost us thousands as his treatment was extensive. The vet says he is having tick fever and cannot put on weight eventhough he eats a lot. 4) We have no picture here but a old male dog was rescued in Section 19, Subang Jaya and admitted at Mayo Clinic in Taipan. We owe the vet about RM1,400 for heartworm treatment, vaccination, castration and boarding. He has since been sent to the Furry Friend's Farm.

5) We still have our pups who have either been rescued from the pounds or off the streets that are suffering from either distemper, parvo or demodex that are still with us. In addition to that we also have several mother dogs awaiting neutering. Please help us raise some funds. Details are as follows:

Cheques in favour of:

Community Development and Integration Initiative Bhd (654290-T)

and mail it to:

c/o No 48, Jalan Jeriji U8/75C, Bukit Jelutong, 40150, Shah Alam, Selangor.

Or bank into:

Community Development and Integration Initiative Bhd

Public Bank Account Number: 3151793708.


Read more: malaysiandogsdeservebetter.blogspot.com/#ixzz0kahPSpWI



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melmel
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Apr 14, 2010, 9:23 PM

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Live from Summit Subang - MDDB Adoption Drive- by Star Online TV

http://thestaronline.tv/v/5449


melmel
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Apr 20, 2010, 9:49 PM

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Local councils among the biggest abusers

Star Apr 2010

MUNICIPAL dog pounds are the biggest animal abusers in the country according to animal rights lawyer N. Surendran.

He said workers contracted to manage the pounds and catch strays were not trained to care for the animals and were only interested in catching the dogs for money. ¡°The way the dogs are caught and, eventually, put down shows that they have no care for the dogs and lack empathy,¡± he said.

In the dark: Chin said the SPCA still did not know how some of the pounds put the strays down. SPCA chairman Christine Chin also added that dog catchers were not qualified to handle the strays.

According to her, there is also no humane management at the pounds where the dogs are housed. Council dog catchers have been criticised for the rough methods used to snare the strays and questions have been asked on how the local authority goes about recruiting these people and what kind of training is provided for them to manage the pounds.

¡°The trucks and vans used to keep them are totally inappropriate and are against the VSD Code of Good Animal Husbandry practices. ¡°Also, we are still in the dark on how the strays are put down,¡± Chin said.

Numerous cases of mistreatment of stray dogs by dog catchers have been reported in pounds run by the Kajang Municipal Council (MPKj), the Klang Municipal Council (MPK), the Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) and the Selayang Municipal Council (MPS).

Chin, however, praised the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) for having the most decent pounds in the Klang Valley. Ill-equipped: The trucks used by the dog catchers are often not properly modified for the purpose

The non-governmental organisation Malaysian Dogs Deserve Better (MDDB) has visited numerous municipal pounds to see first hand the deplorable conditions the dogs are kept in.

¡°The dogs don¡¯t receive proper food and enough water and the enclosures they are kept in are never cleaned and disinfected. ¡°That is why dogs that we rescue from the municipal pounds all suffer from distemper, parvo and corona viruses and other diseases and infections,¡± a MDDB volunteer who declined to be named said. She added that one of the worst-kept pounds they had visited was the one run by the MPS (Selayang).

Chin was puzzled that the government pounds were not well-funded, which she said was the opposite of the situation overseas.

The DVS in 2008 had come up with a comprehensive guidelines on Catching and Exterminating Strays Dogs and it was meant to educate the municipal councils and NGO¡¯s on how to maintain and manage pounds in a sustainable manner.

However, when StarMetro checked with three municipal dog pound workers, none had read or even seen the the manual. A dog catcher who spoke on condition of anonymity said that no one cared about the dogs as they were seen as a nuisance and it was just an chance to make money.

The way the dogs are caught and, eventually, put down shows that they have no care for the dogs and lack empathy... N. SURENDRAN

¡°The more dogs you catch, the more money you make,¡± he said. ¡°It all boils down to attitude and a lack of will to change.

¡°Despite all the outcry, you still have agencies organising dog-catching competitions,¡± Surendran said. Surendran added that the attitude was the same in government agencies tasked to handle animal welfare.

¡°That¡¯s why we are one of the top 10 countries for wildlife smuggling. The agencies involved in animal welfare like the DVS and Perhilitan were not even aware that an animal testing facility would be set up in Malacca.¡± ¡°This is clearly against Section 44 of the Animal Act and yet they did not even know about it,¡± he said.


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melmel
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Apr 20, 2010, 10:48 PM

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SAM Against Animal-Testing Labs in Msia
Apr 2010

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) wishes to express our opposition against the proposed three animal-experimentation laboratories to be set up in Rembia, Alor Gajah in Malacca.

The exploitation of animals in painful and often largely pointless research for optional human purposes is totally deplored by SAM.

SAM is concerned over the animal welfare, or actual suffering that non-human primates and laboratory animals might undergo as a result of their use in scientific procedures and research.

There is no way that animals used for laboratory purposes can truthfully adhere to the 'Five Freedoms' if animals are going to be incarcerated in cages and subjected to research or toxicity tests.

- Freedom from hunger and thirst;

- Freedom from discomfort;

- Freedom from pain, injury or disease;

- Freedom to express normal behaviour and

- Freedom from fear and distress

Monkeys are wild animals and conditions under which they are kept in the laboratory are seldom adequate to meet even their most basic physiological and ethological needs. They are subjected to stress and fear at all times

Furthermore, the acquisition of some macaques may involve capture from the wild to supplement captive breeding colonies. Capturing them causes a great deal of distress due to the trapping process, transport to holding and or breeding centre, quarantine and adjustment to new social and environmental problems.

On the other hand, the import of beagles from Holland has raised concerns of the conditions in which animals are kept in breeding and supplying establishments for subsequent use in laboratory.

In France, for instance the French National Association against Trafficking in Pets (Antac) reported about 60,000 dogs disappear annually, half of them stolen for use by research laboratories.

Unscrupulous dealers will then target animal shelters as sources to meet the demands for drug and pharmaceutical testing. According to a report in the Advocates for Animals Annual Review 1992, the Spanish Animal Defence Association stated that more than 2,500 stray dogs and cats are taken each year from Spanish animal shelters to laboratories in Germany and Switzerland.

The demand for beagles will certainly give rise to a disturbing trade in stray and stolen dogs for research laboratories.

Another concern is the absence of legislation governing the use of animals in research and experimentation. Currently there are no provisions under the Protection of Wildlife Act 1976, and the Animal Act (2006) to ensure humane care, treatment and handling of animals used for research.

Moreover, the absence of access to laboratories and the veil of secrecy surrounding the use of animals in research make it very difficult to monitor what is being done to animals inside these animal research establishments


melmel
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Animal groups unite on World Day for Animals in Laboratories to stop the construction of an animal testing laboratory in Malaysia

24 APRIL 2010, KUALA LUMPUR - To mark World Day for Animals in Laboratories today, a coalition of animal protection groups has launched an international effort to stop the construction of an animal laboratory at the Masjid Tanah Industrial Park in Malacca, Malaysia. The proposal, which has only recently come to light, is a result of collaboration between the Indian contract testing company, Vivo Bio Tech, and the State government-owned Melaka Biotech.

The coalition, which includes the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) Selangor, the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV) and the European Coalition to End Animal Experiments (ECEAE), which represents animal protection organisations from 17 countries, has written to the Government urging it not to allow this facility to go ahead on humanitarian grounds. Also to be considered is the impact that allowing such a facility will have upon Malaysia¡¯s international image in the world. A meeting to discuss the coalition¡¯s objections in full has been requested.

Disturbingly, Malaysia currently has no legislation governing the use of animals in research. According to the company¡¯s website (www.vivobio.com), Vivo Biotech carries out extensive animal research, including toxicity testing on a variety of species for a number of purposes, including the controversial use for cosmetic products. It has also been reported that primates could be sourced locally in Malaysia. The government of Malaysia made an important stand by re-instating the ban on the export of primates for research in 2008. Should the animal laboratory be allowed to be set up in Malacca, immense suffering, misery and death will be inflicted on thousands of animals, and potentially facilitate the trade in wild-caught macaques within Malaysia.

The coalition opposes the construction of this facility for both ethical reasons and the lack of scientific validity of using animals in testing. It argues that there is a large range of non-animal techniques that, as well as being a more humane approach to science, can also be cheaper, quicker and more effective. These include cell, tissue and organ culture; micro-organisms such as bacteria; molecular research; studies with post-mortem tissues; computer simulations, population studies (epidemiology) and ethical clinical research with human volunteers.

Coalition spokesperson, Christine Chin, SPCA Selangor stated: ¡°We are calling on animal groups and others around the world to join us in urging the Government of Malaysia to dissociate itself from a proposal that will not only involve the suffering and death of thousands of animals every year, but also will undoubtedly have a negative and detrimental impact on Malaysia¡¯s image overseas.¡±

Action Alert
Please support the international campaign to stop the development of an animal testing laboratory in Malaysia. Join with us in opposing the development of an animal testing facility in Malacca, Malaysia. The BUAV ( www.buav.org/) , the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) Selangor (www.spca.org.my) and the European Coalition to End Animal Experiments (ECEAE) ( www.eceae.org/) have joined forces to campaign on this issue and we need your help!

The coalition opposes the construction of this facility for both ethical reasons and the lack of scientific validity of using animals in testing. It argues that there is a large range of non-animal techniques that, as well as being a more humane approach to science can also be cheaper, quicker and more effective.

There is still time to take action. We understand that as yet, no notice or applications of permits have been made to the Peninsular Malaysia Department of Wildlife and National Parks, or the Department of Veterinary Services. Further information and a link to a recent article in the Malay Mail, a leading Malaysian newspaper, can be viewed here: www.buav.org/a/2010/04/02/309

Please support the campaign and urge the Prime Minister of Malaysia and the Chief Minister of Malacca to put an end to the negotiations between the Indian biotechnology company and the State government-owned Melaka Biotech. Request that they do not embark on the controversial business of animal research and remind them of the negative impact that the proposed laboratories will have on Malaysia¡¯s international image.


Prime Minister of Malaysia
Datuk Seri Najib Razak
Prime Minister
Office of the Prime Minister
Main Block, Perdana Putra Building
Federal Government Administrative Centre
62502 Putrajaya
Malaysia

Email: ppm@pmo.gov.my (cc. the Prime Ministers Secretary at aziz@pmo.gov.my)


Chief Minister of Malacca
Datuk Seri Hj. Mohd Ali bin Mohd Rustam
Office of the Chief Minister
The Seri Negari
The State Administrative and Development Centre
Malacca, Malaysia
Email: alirustam@melaka.gov.my


Licensing Authorities
You can also request that the government authorities in Malaysia not issue any permits for the facility.

Minister of Agriculture and Agro-based Industry
Datuk Seri Noh bin Omar
Wisma Tani, No 28, Persiaran Perdana, Precint 4
Pusat Pentadbiran Kerajaan Persekutuan
62624 Putrajaya
Wilayah Persekutuan
Malaysia

Email: nohomar@moa.gov.my


Minister of Natural Resources and Environment
Dato Sri Douglas Uggah Embas
Level 1 - 4, Podium 2 & 3, Wisma Sumber Asli
No.25, Persiaran Perdana, Precint 4
Federal Government Administrative Centre
62574 Putrajaya
Malaysia
Email: uggah@nre.gov.my


Department of Veterinary Services
Dato¡¯ Dr. Abd. Aziz b. Jamaluddin
The Director-General of Veterinary Services
Wisma Tani, Block Podium Lot 4G1
Presint 4, Federal Government Administrative Centre
62630 Putrajaya
Malaysia

Email: azizj@dvs.gov.my


Department of Wildlife and National Parks (Perhilitan)
Dato' Abd. Rashid bin Samsudin
Director-General
Headquarters of the Department of Wildlife and National Parks
Km 10, Jalan Cheras
56100 Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia

Email: rashid@wildlife.gov.my (cc. to Personal Assistant at pakp@wildlife.gov.my)


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Malaysian Insider

Canine group to sue KTMB over stick-in-a-dog

Tying up a stray dog with a stick shoved down in throat could see national rail operator Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB) in a court house soon.

Canine welfare group, Malaysian Dogs Deserve Better (MDDB), is pursuing legal action against KTMB for allegedly torturing the dog, ironically named KTM for the place where it was found.

¡°We¡¯ll file a civil suit,¡± MDDB coordinator M. Mala told The Malaysian Insider. ¡°Once we file, it¡¯ll be a precedent.¡±

The KTM dog incident first garnered public attention through a complaint letter titled ¡°Ghastly animal abuse at Kepong KTM Station,¡± written by M. Nisha to Malaysiakini on March 17 this year, where the writer explained how she and a group of commuters had found the dog in a tortured condition two days earlier.

KTMB had issued a statement in response, admitting that their staff had caught the stray dog and tied it to a fence. However, KTMB denied intentionally shoving a piece of wood down the dog¡¯s throat, stating that the dog bit on the wood and refused to let go of it after KTMB staff tried to use the wood as bait.

KTMB further explained that the reason they caught the stray dog was because it had bitten passengers before, though none resulted in serious injuries. But concerned commuters alerted the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) which immediately went to the station but failed to find the dog as it had been released. However, the SPCA team managed to locate the brown patchy dog at the Selayang dog pound about a week later, upon which they handed it to MDDB.

KTM is seen here tied up and with a piece of wood stuck in its mouth.
¡°Our lawyers are looking at how members of the public can be plaintiffs,¡± said Mala. Currently, the lawyers are in the process of drafting an affidavit. The civil suit is expected to be filed in a couple of months, Mala added.

¡°We have animal activists coming up offering to be plaintiffs,¡± she said. When asked on the amount of damages MDDB is seeking from KTMB, Mala said that they are not seeking for damages. ¡°We don¡¯t want their money,¡± said Mala point-blank.

Instead, Mala said that they want KTMB to contribute to any animal welfare group, though not necessarily MDDB. In terms of contribution, KTMB could contribute to things like infrastructure, she added.

MDDB is a canine welfare initiative spearheaded by the NGO Community Development and Integration Initiative (CDII). They have rescued and placed hundreds of puppies in homes since 2008, according to Mala.

The dog, KTM, is now residing at a veterinary services clinic, she said, and the MDDB is currently looking to adopt him or foster him. Reactions from other animal groups towards the alleged KTM dog abuse have been varied.

¡°We have all the laws. Unfortunately, authorities don¡¯t use it,¡± SPCA chairman Christine Chin told The Malaysian Insider. Malaysian laws on animal cruelty are considered weak compared to similar laws in other countries. Section 44 of the Animal Act 1953 (2006 Amendment) punishes animal cruelty offenders with a RM200 fine or six months imprisonment.

In contrast, Singapore imposes a RM23,000 fine or one year imprisonment. Hong Kong animal cruelty offenders are fined RM90,400 or three years imprisonment. Thailand¡¯s fines for animal cruelty range from RM100 to RM10,000.

Although animal lovers had petitioned the government in 2007 to increase the fine from RM200 to RM10,000, and to increase the jail term from six months to two years after the horrific abuse of a German Shepherd named Sheena came to light, nothing was changed. ¡°Where there is no enforcement, abuse continues,¡± Chin said

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May 4, 2010, 10:13 PM

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MDDB Notice Board :

Good bye & RIP, KTM Abused Dog

When it rains, it pours. KTM, the dog abused by the KTM workers, died in his sleep yesterday. He was very frail but had a hearty appetite. It was only on his last day that he showed some respiratory problems and it is believed he was infected with distemper. We think he must have been infected in the ten days he spent at the Selayang pound given that almost all the puppies rescued there by Animalcare tested distemper positive. Many had died from the time of rescue.

There was someone called Leong who wanted to see KTM and claimed she had been feeding him for the last two to three years at the station. Leong also told us that the KTM workers often tormented and abused the poor dog. When we told her to wait for a while until he stopped being so panicky, Leong had said KTM may die soon because he had been very frail. We are sorry Leong, for telling you to wait - because you were right - he was indeed frail and died before you could see him. But we are still not able to understand why someone who cared so much for him allowed him to be continuously abused by the KTM workers.

The only comfort we have now is knowing that KTM was given love and attention for the period he spent under the care of our fosterer - who ensured that he was fed with his favourite chicken everyday. What has happened to KTM will only push us to pursue our civil suit against KTM, the Selayang Municipal council and also the Klang Municipal Council. We had initially not planned to initiate legal action against the Klang Municipal Council but after learning that their dog catchers had to actually be taught to catch dogs - we were told we had grounds to sue.



KTM


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May 6, 2010, 10:51 PM

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Canine abuse: Animal rights group mulls suing KTMB and Selayang council

Malay Mail

The saga of a stray dog found chained on March 15 at the Kepong Sentral railway station with a length of wood stuffed into its mouth has ended sadly 46 days later with its death.

With the canine's death, animal rights body Malaysian Dogs Deserve Better (MDDB) are now mulling legal action against KTM Bhd (KTMB) for allowing such an incident to happen at its premises. MDDB representative, M. Mala told The Paper That Cares the organisation would hold a meeting today with members and lawyers to discuss further action.

"We do not need KTMB's money. "The lawsuit does not mean we want monetary compensation. Our claims would include getting KTMB to adopt an animal shelter or to sponsor the 'trap, neuter, release' programme."

The canine's death is just another reason why justice should be sought against animal abuse. She said this was not the first such incident to have resulted in an animal's death.

The dog's plight was noticed by a commuter on March 15, who had then complained about the canine's maltreatment to KTMB staff and the Selayang Municipal Council (MPS).

KTMB president Dr Aminuddin Adnan confirmed the stray dog was captured by railway staff on March 14. The dog had apparently been roaming the Kepong station for almost two years and was a nuisance ¡ª attacking and biting passengers at both the station's parking area and ticketing counter.

KTMB had lodged several reports with the council on this stray dog. The canine was captured by KTMB staff a day after the last report was lodged with the council. But, upon receiving the commuter's complaint, the stray dog ¡ª now aptly dubbed "KTM" ¡ª was released and it had apparently, since, stayed away from the Kepong station.

Some time later, "KTM" was captured by the council and identified by Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) Selangor members at the council's pound. The canine was bailed out and handed to MDDB for rehabilitation.

"The the council's pound was very unhygienic and dirty. Most of the puppies sent there became infected. We suspect "KTM" might also have been infected in the 10 days at the Selayang pound," said Mala.

"The dog's health condition was improving, despite being frail earlier. But, on his last day, he showed some respiratory problems and it was believed he was infected with distemper."

"KTM" was found to have died in his sleep at 8pm by a staff who had come to feed the canine. MDDB is also mulling suing the council as well for having failed to adhere to the guidelines provided by Department of Veterinary Services in managing its animal pound.

The council's public relations officer Mohamad Zin Masoad said it was up to MDDB to decide whether to sue the council. "As far as we know, we have been managing the pounds as stated in the guidelines."

Admitting the one-off incident where the pound was overcrowded, he said it happened due to the lack of staff to properly manage the area at that time.

"Do not judge us with that one-off incident. We have been working hard to ensure the improvement of the pound's condition and the well being of the animals there." Zin added the council was always open to discussion from any animal rights group for the betterment of the pound's condition.

KTMB declined to comment on MDDB's claims at Press time. SPCA Selangor assistant manager of public relations and marketing, Jacinta Johnson, expressed her sadness over the loss of "KTM", saying the death was terrible due to the circumstances he was in. "Such animal abuse isn't something new. But, what happened to "KTM" was simply terrible and unacceptable








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May 7, 2010, 10:47 PM

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Malaysian Insider

Time to pressure the DVS -

Dog lovers accuse authorities of uncaring attitude

Dog lovers have accused the Department of Veterinary Services (DVS), as the sole government arm in charge of animal welfare, of not protecting dogs.They point out that only one case of animal abuse prosecution has been filed in the last five years.

¡°There¡¯s lack of enforcement in the prosecution department,¡± said Christine Chin, chairman of the non-governmental organisation Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA).

A total of 657 animal cruelty cases were reported last year with 90 per cent involving dogs, although none was prosecuted, according to SPCA marketing and communications manager Jacinta Johnson-Chan in a recent media report.
¡°I think DVS has no will to prosecute abusers,¡± Christine told The Malaysian Insider. ¡°There are a few cases where the evidence is quite strong that the animal is abused, but they¡¯d rather give them warning and a lot of chances.¡±

The DVS has come under fire for being indifferent towards animal abuse. In a horrific case of dog abuse where Sheena, a German Shepherd was starved by her owner till she had to be put down in 2005, the DVS reportedly did nothing though a neighbour had telephoned the agency three times about Sheena¡¯s abuse. By the time DVS officers seized the dog, it was too late to save her. Sheena¡¯s owner walked off with a RM100 fine.

In another case five years ago, a pet shop called Pet Safari was alleged to have allowed a sick dog under its care to die without giving it medical attention for two days. Despite the availability of witnesses and photographic evidence, Shah Alam DVS director Tee Thian See had said his department would not take any action because ¡°they did not see anything¡±.

¡°Their (DVS) priority is not cats and dogs; it¡¯s livestock,¡± said M. Mala, co-ordinator of canine welfare initiative Malaysian Dogs Deserve Better (MDDB). ¡°They ensure livestock is not affected by disease.¡± The DVS¡¯s mission is to provide quality veterinary services as an assurance for public health and sustainable livestock industry for the sake of human welfare, as stated in its official website. Four out of its five purported objectives are related to the livestock industry. The DVS is under the Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry.

A starving and abused Sheena. ¡°They (DVS) do a good job with livestock, but certainly not dealing with dogs... there have ben (sic) countless cases of dog abuse by the Malaysian public, AND the councils...," Joane Sharmila, a 30-year-old editor from Kuala Lumpur, said in an email interview. "Dogs starving in pounds, dogs left to rot in pounds, dogs bludgeoned to death instead of being euthanised? Nothing at all has been done to address these problems. ¡°In short, DVS sanctions all these acts of cruelty,¡± she added.

Another dog lover, Carolynn Thaw, told The Malaysian Insider in an email interview that she does not trust the DVS with protecting the welfare of dogs. "I don't think much of them cos (sic) after all the cries for help from animal lovers, the DG had the cheek to even suggest using strays as dog meat... and the guy¡¯s a vet!¡± the 36-year-old said. DVS deputy director-general Datuk Dr Ahmad Suhaimi Omar suggested last March that people should be allowed to eat dogs kept in pounds to check the number of strays.¡° They are animals, just like chickens or goats,¡± he told a forum on effective animal pound management organised by the Petaling Jaya City Council¡¯s canine advisory team.

Azimah Mohd Othman, a 45-year-old personal assistant, said an absolute no when asked if she trusted the DVS. ¡°Trust? You must be kidding! They are not there to help any of the dogs... no way am I going to trust any of them with anything!¡± she blasted in an email interview.

A starving and abused Sheena.


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Animal groups in protest over planned animal test

A joint protest by animal protection groups - both local and international - has been launched against the planned building of animal testing laboratories in Malacca.

Launched in conjunction with World Day for animals last Saturday, this coalition protest includes the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) Selangor, the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (Buav) and the European Coalition to End Animal Experiments (ECEAE), which represents animal protection organisations from 17 countries.

They have written to the Malaysian government following news of the formation of the canine, primate and small animals-testing facilities which were highlighted by The Malay Mail on April 2.

This coalition is urging the government to disallow the construction of such facilities on Malaysian soil on "humanitarian grounds" and to consider the negative impact of allowing such a facility.

In their letters, the coalition wants a meeting to present their objections to the animal-testing facilities - part of a RM450 million biotechnology centre to be set up in Rembhia in Alor Gajah in a collaboration between a large Indian biotechnology firm and state government-owned Melaka Biotech Holdings Sdn Bhd.

A joint release by SPCA, Buav and ECEAE said: "Disturbingly, Malaysia currently has no legislation governing the use of animals in research.
"According to the company¡¯s website, www.vivobio.com, Vivo Biotech carries out extensive animal research, including toxicity testing on a variety of species for a number of purposes, including the controversial use for cosmetic products."

The coalition also expressed concern over where the primates, to be used for laboratory testing of medicines produced at the centre, would be sourced from.

"It was also reported that primates could be sourced locally, if permission is given. The government made an important stand by re-instating the ban on the export of primates for research in 2008.

"Should the animal laboratory be allowed to be set up in Malacca, wide suffering, misery and death will be inflicted on animals, and potentially facilitate trade in wild macaques," the joint release read.

The coalition was opposing construction of this facility, not merely on ethical grounds, but on what they deem as a lack of scientific validity in the use of animal testing.

"There is a large range of non-animal techniques that give science a more humane approach. This can be cheaper, quicker and more effective.

"These include cell, tissue and organ culture; micro-organisms such as bacteria; molecular research; studies with post-mortem tissues; computer simulations, population studies (epidemiology) and ethical clinical research with human volunteers," SPCA, Buav and ECEAE argued.

Coalition spokesperson, Christine Chin, who is also SPCA chairman, called on animal groups around the world to join the coalition's cause in urging the Malaysian government not to support the proposal that will not only bring greater suffering and death to animals, but also will undoubtedly have a negative and detrimental impact on Malaysia¡¯s image overseas.

This call was reiterated by Buav Special Project director and spokesman Sarah Kite, who told The Malay Mail: "BUAV and ECEAE are calling on the Malaysian government to intervene to stop animal testing from going ahead. We will call on our supporters and members around the world to join us in this call."

The Malay Mail was also informed that a joint Buav-ECEAE letter of protest was sent to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak earlier last week via email and airmail while SPCA will also send out similar letters to various authorities this week.

The Malay Mail reported on Aprl 2 that the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the proposed RM450 million one-stop fully-integrated biotechnology centre for the development, testing and manufacturing of medicines and encompassing the three forms of laboratories in which testing on animals would take place, was inked on Jan 21 in New Delhi, India.

The MOU was signed between Melaka Biotech, Indian Biotechnology firm Vivo Biotech Ltd and Vanguard Creative Technologies Sdn Bhd with Malacca chief minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam being one of three representatives who signed the MOU. The signing was witnessed by Najib.

Joint-venture company Vivo Bio Tech (M) Sdn Bhd was set up as a result of the signing. The Malay Mail reported the project was still in its early days with the company about to submit building plans to the Alor Gajah Municipal Council (MPAG).

Vivo Bio Tech Malaysia director Datuk Kuna Sittampalam said the company was planning to import Beagles from Holland for use in the canine laboratory while white mice would be used in the small animals lab and, if allowed, primates would be sourced locally.

However, as said in the previous The Malay Mail report, neither the Wildlife and National Parks Department (Perhilitan) not the Department of Veterinary Services (DVS) were aware of such a deal to bring in animals for testing.

With no legislation on animal testing, it is unclear which department or ministry has the authority to approve animal testing in the first place.

Perhilitan deputy director I Misliah Mohamad Basir was quoted assuring government guidelines would be drafted should any such facility be approved by the ministry.

On July 6 last year, The Malay Mail reported the Johor State Investment Centre (JSIC) was considering a proposal by a French pharmaceutical research company to set up a pre-clinical monkey-testing facility in Johor, with long-tailed macaques being derived from other countries. The Johor proposal was condemned by international and local animal welfare groups.


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Animal groups to stop the construction of an animal testing laboratory in Malaysia .

Click & Sign d Petition : www.thepetitionsite.com/1/StopPlansForAnimalTestingMalaysia



Target: To the Prime Minister of Malaysia and the Chief Minister of Malacca

Sponsored by: SPCA Selangor, Friends of The Earth Malaysia, British Union For The Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV), European Coalition to End Animal Experiments (ECEAE)


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Written by TAN SRI LEE LAM THYE:

Amend archaic Animal Act 1953

BEING an animal lover, I have been following closely issues concerning animal welfare, particularly on acts of cruelty to animals.

I applaud the many NGOs and animal welfare activists who have been championing the cause of animal welfare and working hard to draw the Government¡¯s attention to amend the archaic Animal Act 1953 and make it relevant to current needs and challenges.

I fully understand the calls and aspirations by these activists for I myself have several pets in my home which I regard as members of my family.

I wish to associate myself with the numerous calls to the Government to act without further delay and introduce amendments to the Animal Act 1953 (2006 Amendment) to provide for deterrent punishment against those who are involved in acts of animal cruelty and abuses as well as to better enhance animal welfare.

Poor enforcement of an archaic law by the authority concerned is largely responsible for the rise in animal cruelty cases.

Besides seeking urgent amendments to the Act, more can be and should be done to educate the public on animal welfare and pet ownership so that they fully understand their responsibilities and help minimise acts of abuse and cruelty to those animals.

State Governments and local authorities also have an important role to play in animal welfare by providing land to be used as animal sanctuaries where all captured strays will be homed and looked after.

Municipal dog pounds must act to improve the deplorable conditions dogs are kept in. Catching strays must be done humanely and not in a cruel manner.

Animal welfare organisations should continue to pursue animal welfare issues by involving their elected representatives to raise such issues in Parliament.

The authority concerned had several years ago spoken of the need to amend the Animal Act 1953 and other related laws but nothing substantial has been done thus far.

I call on the Veterinary Services Department which is the custodian of animal welfare to brief the minister concerned on the urgent need to monitor animal welfare issues and introduce relevant provisions to minimise acts of animal cruelty and abuse.

The animals that share our planet are a part of us. It is our moral duty to protect them from harm and abuse.

On animal welfare, Mahatma Gandhi once said: ¡°The greatness of a Nation can be seen by the way it treats its animals.¡±

TAN SRI LEE LAM THYE,
Kuala Lumpur.


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Abused Tiger Show @ A'Famosa , Malacca :

www.youtube.com/watch?v=h5ACVn73YL0


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A'Famosa under investigation for tiger abuse
Malay Mail May 2010

ABSOLUTELY UNACCEPTABLE: Tiger abuse at A' Famosa in Malacca has sparked calls for animal rights

PETALING JAYA: The A' Famosa Resort in Malacca could lose its licence to keep captive wildlife on its premises following allegations of its tiger being abused earlier this year.

A full-blown investigation into the incident, triggered by the amateur video posted on YouTube has now been undertaken by the Department of Wildlife and National Parks (Perhilitan).

Perhilitan deputy director-general Misliah Mohamad Basir told The Malay Mail: "Our department was alerted about this in February 2010 during the Chinese New Year celebrations.

"The park had a tiger placed at their entrance for tourists and visitors to have photos taken with the animal." It is learnt that Perhilitan had at that time only seen snapshots of the incidents.

Nevertheless, in March, Perhilitan called in all zoo operators nationwide, including A' Famosa ¡ª to brief these establishments about the complaints received from the public and to impose a ban on all animal shows, especially those involving endangered and protected animal species.

During that meeting, Perhilitan also urged all operators to upgrade animal cages. "All 30 operators, except one, attended that meeting," said Misliah.

"A' Famosa Resort, however, claimed they did not get an invitation from us. Since the resort claimed they did not get the notice, we called them in again two weeks later to brief them. During that meeting, we discussed issues, which were specifically raised by the public about A' Famosa."

When asked about guidelines and regulations relevant to management of the zoo, Misliah said: "Taking into account that zoo management is not contained in the current Wildlife Protection Act 1972, Perhilitan only had the authority to grant them a license to keep the animal.

"Although there are regulations governing animal cruelty, park operators are not required to have a veterinarian on call, unlike the new Act, to be tabled next month. "We have amended the Act to address these issues and the new regulations will cover all requirements, including qualifications to handle wildlife.

"In the meantime, we will further investigate these allegations and act according to laws governing the protection of animals," she said. Misliah strongly urged the public to play an important role in this issue. "They can bring similar cases forward to highlight this matter. We have a 24-hour hotline." When asked whether Perhilitan had the authority to close down the park, Misliah said only the local council and State government have the authority to do that.

Malaccan tiger trainer fired

MALACCA: A' Famosa Resort general manager Allan Chee has denied allegations of its captive tiger being abused and further confirmed the assistant trainer, who abused the tiger, as seen on YouTube, had his employment terminated due to unsatisfactory overall performance.

Explaining the incident, he told The Malay Mail: " Tigers are nocturnal creatures and those here are very well fed. As such, they become very lazy and lethargic during mid-morning. So, naturally zoo handlers have to use extra coaxing to move the heavy tiger into position."

In response to allegations the tiger was drugged, Allan said: "There is no evidence the tiger was drugged or abused by its handler." Explaining the animal was a captive-bred tiger and considered very tame and comfortable around humans, he posed: "How can we abuse the animal? It costs around RM30,000 to RM40,000 per tiger. Of course we wouldn't hurt it, let alone drug the animal."

When asked if the resort was willing to let the captive tiger undergo a drug test, Allan responded: "Whoever wants to do so must get permission from us. They can't simply come over to do tests on these animals."


Zoo Negara clarification

PETALING JAYA: It was reported in The Malay Mail on Tuesday that "An enactment regarding the privatisation of Zoo Negara is currently being tabled in the Parliament."

That statement should have read "A bill regarding the Wildlife Conservation Act 2010 is currently being tabled in Parliament."

In a Press statement to The Malay Mail yesterday, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment said it initiated a study with regard to the management of Zoo Negara and options were being recommended to the cabinet for a decision.

The ministry is preparing the report, which will be sent to the cabinet. Zoo Negara has been managed by the Malaysian Zoological Society, a non-governmental organisation which is registered under the Registrar of Societies.

As such, the role of government is through the Department of Wildlife and National Parks, whereby it is responsible for regulating the existing Wildlife Protection Act 1972. The ministry had spearheaded efforts to arrest allegations of mismanagement at Zoo Negara, which was highlighted by The Malay Mail last year. The ministry also formed a committee headed by Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Douglas Uggah Embas, following a site inspection of the zoo late last year.


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Jun 3, 2010, 9:09 PM

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Group: Don¡¯t exploit animals

Star
May 2010


MALACCA: A group of animal lovers plan to gather at a well-known resort in Alor Gajah here on Saturday to create awareness about the abuse of tigers and other wildlife by unscrupulous parties in the country. The group, which created a Facebook page named Stop Animal Abuse A Famosa, had recently put the word out on the Internet urging animal lovers to voice their dissatisfaction over treatment of animals.

Dewgem Yen, one of the four creators of the Facebook page, said they were not targeting the resort over the recent claims of abuse of one of its tigers.
¡°We want to create greater awareness that wild animals should not be exploited for profit.

¡°It is not just about the tigers but the treatment of our wild animals in general,¡± she said, when contacted. The Facebook page had sent out about 1,500 invitations so far with 71 indicating their interest to attend the gathering.

When contacted, A Famosa Resort general manager Allan Chee said they were aware of the gathering.¡°We welcome them to take a tour of our safari to see for themselves how our animals are kept and treated,¡± he said, adding that the move was a sincere gesture to show that their animals were not abused as alleged.

He clarified that the safari had stopped using two of its tigers for photography sessions with patrons since April. ¡°The tiger that appeared in the Feb 18 video on YouTube was used only to usher in the Tiger Year during Chinese New Year festivities here.

¡°We stopped doing it after being advised by the Wildlife Department officers who carried out a spot check here,¡± he said. He added the resort only became aware of the issue on May 19 when it received ten emails complaining of animal abuse.

Meanwhile, Malacca Society Against the Prevention of Cruelty of Animals (SPCA) president Vincent Low lauded the move by the wildlife authorities to advise the resort to stop its tiger photography sessions. He also urged the resort to ensure that their animal handlers were professionally trained.

The 500ha resort recently became embroiled in controversy when a YouTube video titled Tiger Being Abused For Money surfaced in February depicting what seemed to be a drugged tiger being forced to pose for photographs.


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Department stops animal shows at resort

NST May 2010

ALOR GAJAH: The Wildlife and National Parks Department has issued a directive to a popular resort here to cease animal shows following allegations of abuse of the animals which were posted on the Internet and video recorded on YouTube.

State director Abdul Rahim Othman said department officials had met with the management of A'Famosa Resort last month to discuss and resolve the matter.

He said the allegations of abuse, especially of the tigers which are categorised as endangered, had given a bad impression of the resort and the practice had to be stopped before it got out of hand.

"The public has a negative perception of the issue as a result of the allegations and comments on YouTube and various websites. "The management understood the gravity of the problem and had complied with the directive," he said yesterday.

Rahim said recent checks by the department showed there were no animal shows or photography sessions involving tigers, adding that if visitors came across such abuse they should immediately alert the department.

The alleged abuse of a tiger during a show at the resort was highlighted by a New Straits Times reader in the Letters section on Monday. Anisa Nishat Mohamed Ismail claimed she had watched a video of a tiger that appeared drugged "or so tired it could not even hold its head upright".

She said it was a horrifying spectacle and showed the staff's total disregard for the majestic animal and was a slap in the face for Malaysia's conservation efforts. A'Famosa, however, denied the reports of abuse of the tiger, or any others animals under its care.

General manager Allan Chee said contrary to the claims, the tiger, recorded on You-Tube, was not drugged, but captive-bred and was very tame and comfortable around humans.

"The tiger is healthy and fine. It was not drugged during the photography session. "Tigers are nocturnal, and those kept here are well fed and are lazy and lethargic during the mid-morning," he said.

To prove that the resort also participates in conservation efforts, it is inviting animal lovers and observers to see the condition and state of the animals at the resort.

"We are inviting animal lovers and conservation groups to participate in our 'Free & Easy Tour of the Animal World Safari'. "See for yourselves the operation of our park, as well as the condition and state of all the animals in the resort," said a posting on A'Famosa's Facebook account.


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Jun 6, 2010, 9:58 PM

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Protest Against Animal Testing Lab

Time: 12:45 pm (organised by PETA)
Date: Wednesday, 9 June
Location: Outside the High Commission of India, No 2 Jalan Taman Duta, Off Jalan Duta, KL (next 2 Duta Vista Resort, no far from Hockey Stadium)


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Jun 8, 2010, 9:17 PM

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Anti-animal lab protest tomorrow
Malaysiakini 8th June 2010

www.malaysiakini.com/news/133931


Protests build against animal testing
Malaysiakini 3rd June 2010

www.malaysiakini.com/news/133538


Animal testing cruel, inaccurate and unnecessary
Malaysiakini 4th June 2010

www.malaysiakini.com/news/133603


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Jun 9, 2010, 10:21 PM

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Protest went well : YB Senator, PETA, SPCA , Sahabat Alam Malaysia & other animal welfare gp

Media : NTV 7, RTM, Star, Sun, Malaysiakini, Sin Chew , Chinapress, Guang Ming & international media

SPCA Chairperson Christine Chin submitted petition & memorandum to India High Commissioner Mr Vijay K Gokhale

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