Monday, June 20, 2016

Animal Cruelty

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A blue shark (Prionace glauca) in the Dominican Republic died last Tuesday after beachgoers dragged it out of the water to take photographs with it.
One picture posted on social media show the smiling dumbasses as they lean over the dying shark. Another picture even had four children posing in front of the shark.

From the two photos, it would seem that they were employees of the nearby Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Punta Cana.
A hotel spokeswoman said “corrective measures” are being taken against the employees involved. And she added: “That is absolutely against our standards of protecting animals as we protect our guests”.
This incident reminds me of a similar situation that happened to a 26-foot reticulated python (Python reticulatus) that was captured at a construction site in Paya Terubong, Penang on April 11, 2016 and paraded around.

At one stage, it had a noose around its neck. Then came the video and selfies. The reptile died three days later while laying an egg.
If you must know, snakes don’t kill themselves.
Our cruel streak is showing.
A pregnant Malayan tiger (Panthera tigris jackoni) lay dead on the East Coast Expressway, near the 321km highway mark – after being hit by an MPV on February 05, 2016. Passers-by joyfully took photos with the dead tiger before ripping out her fangs.

On January 16, 2016, two Swedish tourists made a gruesome discovery of a floating carcass of another sun bear (Helarctos malayanus) – near a plantation near Kampung Sukau – while on a river cruise along Sungai Kinabatangan in Sabah. The  remains was just the mammal’s lower part with both its hind paws missing.

Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre chief executive Wong Siew Te said the bear was killed in cold blood.
On January 30, 2015, another sun bear – starved and furless – was beaten unconscious by plantation workers when they came across the mammal along the Bintangor-Sibu Road in Sarawak – and they even filmed it because they thought it was an alien-like creature.

In January 2013, fourteen pygmy elephants (Elephas maximus) – 10 females and four males aged between four and 20 years – were found dead in Sabah’s Gunung Rare Forest Reserve. The endangered pachyderms were poisoned – allegedly by workers in oil palm plantations bordering the reserve.
And it is not just wildlife.
A cat was strung-up by its back paws and tied to a lamppost in Taman Klang Jaya in Klang, Selangor on May 11, 2016.

Four days earlier, a four-month-old kitten in Taman Impian, Skudai, Johor Baru in Johor was reported to have been cut in two.
And another kitten was photographed in a jar, also in Johor. It went viral on September 26, 2013.

A street dog was slashed in the neck to bleed and die in Jalan Kuchai Lama in KL on May 10, 2016.
And another dog was shot twice by an archer in Taming Jari, Balakong in Selangor on May 13, 2014.
Arrows seen protruding from the dog wearing a red collar. Picture courtesy of Malaysian Dogs Deserve Better
On September 21, 2013, a gruesome video showing dogcatchers (hired by the Kajang Municipal Council) dragging and eventually strangling a stray dog was uploaded by Malaysian Independent Animal Rescue activist Puspa Rani to her YouTube account.

And there are many more sad stories to tell, I'm sure.

But really, animals aren't ours to use and abuse.

Thomas A Edison said: "Non violence leads to the highest ethics, which is the goal of all evolution. Until we stop harming ALL other living beings, we are still savages".

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