COUNCIL OFFICIALS INSANE FOR KILLING DOGS!

Dato Jacob George

I am certain there are guideline to follow in situations like this and if there are none it is time we undertook one and not fan the spirit of arrogance and utter stupidity for today there will be a price to pay in the court of public opinion! – Dr Jacob George

COUNCIL OFFICIALS INSANE FOR KILLING DOGS!

Six Rottweilers, two Dalmations and a bulldog were put down by lethal tranquilisers at the poultry farm in Sungai Gadung, believed to the scene of a quadruple murder.

The officers were seen entering the farm at 8.15am and left about two hours later with the carcasses in a pick-up lorry.

There is no doubt in my mind that it was barbaric, thoughtless, and inhuman, devoid of any compassion and showed the world how stupid those expected to act on behalf public interest indeed are!

Were these dogs going to be charged for participating in the gruesome murder @pun intended!

I am referring to those who made the decision to kill the dogs and others who simply carried out the order without dissent and questioning whether there would be an outcry on our streets!

Of course worst – the tasteless photograph that was carried showing the dead dogs were carried live across the globe and to date several international non governmental organizations are ‘up in arms’ how and why such a barbaric act was allowed to be carried out?

One writer Natasha Fernz could not hide her shock at the way we handled this situation!

I cannot but agree with her that yet again our local authority @local council have shown their true colors of stupidity, arrogance and incompetence when they carried out the destruction of the dogs that were at the farm in Sg Gadung.

This whole matter including several officers trying to rope livestock as if they are in the Wild West again reveals a lot of them and their superiors who ordered such a brutal act!

I am certain they thought that the gruesome horror of the murders would grant them immunity in the court of public opinion or even result in them being lauded!

To me this was simply a ‘kerja bodoh!’

I fully agree with Natasha that these poor animals were in a heightened state of anxiety from being ‘abandoned’ by their owners!

These dogs were there to defend and protect their turf and with so many ‘outsiders’ in their compound it was perhaps what they did!

Now in my mind this is what these idiots should have done:

1.     Called for expert opinion and advice from the Malaysian SPCA or the Department of Veterinary Services!

2.     They could have had the intelligence to contact the family of the accused to assist in their removal to their home or to another place of abode! For their information the dogs were not being charged at this material time with any offenses under the Malaysian Penal Code! (Pun intended!)

3.     At worst remove them to a holding ground till this is further deliberated and discussed with State Government Official responsible for Local Authority for a collective decision!

4.     Just remove them to a holding ground while the alleged murder site was being combed for evidence!

I am certain there are guideline to follow in situations like this and if there are none it is time we undertook one and not fan the spirit of arrogance and utter stupidity for today there will be a price to pay in the court of public opinion!

It is now pertinent that our legal intelligentsia address this lacuna and review guidelines, protocols, laws and legislation with regards to animal welfare!

Perhaps, while doing that we can also initiate a higher duty of care of officials undertaking these acts and impose stiffer and heavier penalties on those who violate this duty of care!

I cannot but sustain that friend Natasha Fernz has put it right when she quoted the great saying of Gandhi-ji when he once said and quite rightly that ‘the greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated’.

Res ipsa loquitur!

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