DOUBLE STANDARDS WHEN IT COMES TO CATS IN MALAYSIA SAYS MALAYSIA ASEAN APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST PROF DR JACOB GEORGE

‘Perhaps, it is about time members of the public take legal action against cat owners and the local council if indeed they were given notice but have done nothing to address the complaints like they do at break neck speed against dogs!

I am certain addressing the matter through litigation against the cat owner for property damage or physical harm caused by the cat, namely under two umbrellas – Private nuisance and of course Negligence is necessary and about time!’

DOUBLE STANDARDS WHEN IT COMES TO CATS IN MALAYSIA SAYS MALAYSIA ASEAN APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST PROF DR JACOB GEORGE

A man was sentenced to 15 months in prison at the Sessions Court after he pleaded guilty to killing a cat.

According to the charge sheet, the individual was alleged to have killed a male cat

He was charged under Section 29(1)(e) of the Animal Welfare Act 2015 (Act 772), read together with Section 29(1) of the same Act, which provides a maximum three-year jail term, or a fine, or both.

Earlier, the accused, who was unrepresented, pleaded for a lighter sentence, claiming he killed the cat after he was attacked by the animal.

He alleged that the said cat bit his arm until it bled.

He had pleaded for a lighter sentence.

However, the deputy public prosecutor objected to the plea and asked for a deterrent sentence against the accused.

It was claimed what the accused did was a criminal offence and a form of cruelty against a living being.

Then there was another that any sane person would have had difficulty understanding that the said court has to take into account the interest of members of the public as this case has gained widespread attention on social media.

That – there was a need to teach the public and the accused a lesson.

Seriously?

What about cat owners, what about the need for laws to regulate and license the ownership of cats and how many per household in Malaysia?

And to take legal action against owners who cause a public nuisance and damage to neighbors brought about by their cats?

Or that the local council needs to organize the catching of stray cats in neighborhoods once they receive resident complaints?

Like they do with dogs at breakneck speed!

Why the double standards, why the prejudice against the dogs while the cats are ‘worshiped?’

We all know that in Malaysia there are two common types of animals that are kept as pets – dogs and cats.

However, there are more than just 2 types of laws that we have here in Malaysia.

Some laws are rather straightforward, while others inexplicably weird and the response of government agencies prejudiced, weirder and inexplicable?

If you briefly check out the Act, there are strange things there and one wonders why there has been no review and addressing issues I am addressing here and now in 2021 to bring legislation up to speed?

I was flabbergasted in the land of super legislation we had laws on say pigs, cows, horses, and certainly dogs addressing offenses such as property damage, harming another, nuisance, health threat but actually no laws on cats!

Why not I ask our Member of Parliament?

Inexplicably adding to the prejudice on dogs by a certain community the Act has laws for dogs.

Section 6: Dog running at a person – If the dog chases after a person, vehicle or other animal.

Section 7: The responsibilities of a dog owner – If the dog causes harm to a person or damages property.

Section 8: Letting the dog loose to attack or scare someone.

With all these laws on dogs, there were none on the other most popular domestic animal – cats.

So the pertinent question now is, if this is the sad case today is it not time to address the ‘elephant in the room’ – the need to address the great lacuna that cats in Malaysia are ‘above the law?’

And their owners no matter how mentally deranged or mentally challenged – untouchables, despite their cats causing a public nuisance in the neighborhood, even a health hazard?

Perhaps, it is about time members of the public take legal action against cat owners and the local council if indeed they were given notice but have done nothing to address the complaints like they do at break neck speed against dogs!

I am certain addressing the matter through litigation against the cat owner for property damage or physical harm caused by the cat, namely under two umbrellas – Private nuisance and of course Negligence is necessary and about time!

Perhaps, in 2021 we will see such an action initiated so that the current bias and prejudice and pussy footing will be addressed!