This article from the Remember Sheena Campaign has once again shocked and horrified me. I cannot understand how humans, who are supposed to be beings with a higher sense of intelligence etc, can resort to such inhumane treatment of God's creatures.
A stray dog was cruelly beaten by some Indonesian workers at a construction site because they believed that dogs were haram.
I am not sure if it was highlighted in the papers then, but I guess I must have missed it as I was actually in Indonesia at the time.
I do hope that Joy will be able to live a comfortable life at the Farm.However I think it was quite strange that the Indonesians acted that way to Joy. This is because when I was in Indonesia (Jakarta to be precise), I realised that the Muslims there were very tolerant towards most things including dogs. And all around Jakarta, there were signs with pictures of dogs that read:
So I'd like to believe that these Indonesians are perhaps a minority or have been "brain-washed" into thinking that dogs are haram.
Also, as far as I know (and I have been and will be continuing research on this), the Quran specifically says that man must treat all God's creatures with kindness, including Dogs!
I have also been told by a large number of Muslims that it's perfectly alright to own dogs. In fact I do have a number of Muslim friends that have dogs and love their dogs to bits. Interestingly, I live in a predominantly Muslim area, and since I started walking Cleo every morning, almost all the Muslims in the area have warmed to her, and greet me and Cleo (they actually specifically say Good Morning Cleo) every time they see us. One neighbour has even petted her several times. He informed me that it's only in this country that the Muslims are quite adverse to dogs.
So what do we do now? I guess we should all play a part in educating the public that animal cruelty is not acceptable. And note that this should not be targeted at Muslims only as a large number of non-Muslims are also guilty of this crime.
Indonesian Workers Attack Dog Calling It "Haram"
Furry Friends Farm and The Remembering Sheena Campaign held a Press Conference on December 14, 2006 to highlight the plight of Joy, a stray dog that had been so cruelly beaten by Indonesian workers that her lower jaw was crushed. At about 9am on Dec 2, 2006, Sabrina Yeap, managing partner of the Furry Friends Farm (FFF), rescued a dog at the Ki-Park Sri Utara construction site belonging to developer, Kepong Industrial Park Sdn Bhd (KIP Group).
Sabrina took the dog, which she later named Joy, to the veterinary clinic. Joy’s lower jaw was so badly injured it had to be surgically removed, but the tongue was saved despite having lacerations and blood clots.
On December 6, 2006, RSC wrote to Dr. Subramaniam, Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Housing and Local Government, Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting, the Minister of Housing and Local Government, Tan Seri Datuk Seri Panglima Bernard Dompok, Minister in charge of the Public Complaints Bureau, and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi. The letters were sent out to these parties appealing to the government to be more pro-active in the area of animal welfare in Malaysia.
There has been much public outcry over the banning of a select number of dogs in Shah Alam, the mass “murder” of Mr Eng Her Sun’s dogs by the Seremban Municipal Council’s death squad, the cruel culling of birds by the Department of Veterinary Services during the bird flu scare, the increase in pet dumping and abuse of stray animals and pets.RSC invited lecturer in Quran and Sunnah Studies at the International Islamic University in Gombak to give a talk to the Indonesian workers but the developer did not allow it.
Hence, RSC and FFF are calling for the Government to support their education programmes that are aimed at ending this needless violence towards animals. Next year is Visit Malaysia Year 2007, and already tourists are squirming at Malaysia’s ill-treatment and cruelty to animals – from wildlife to domestic pets.
“We are not asking the government to find and punish the people who did this to Joy, although the laws of Malaysia provide for this. We are calling on the Government to support our public education projects by persuading the developer, KIP Group, to allow us to educate their workers,” said Sabrina Yeap.
“I wish to end this ignorance that the Quran supports violence against animals, and am willing to give lectures, presentations and screen videos that support what I am saying. I hope the public, Government officials, foreign workers and others who need to hear this truth will attend,” said Dr. Habeeb Rahman Ibramsa, Lecturer in Quran and Sunnah Studies at the International Islamic University, Gombak, Selangor.
Today Joy has to carry on living without his lower jaw and teeth. He can only eat soft food for the rest of his life. RSC was invited to a meeting called "Dasar Kawalan Anjing" in February this year, along with 30 other NGOs by Dr. Subramaniam Parliamentary Secretary at the Ministry of Housing and Local Government. To-date nothing has been done by the government and we are wondering what the meeting was for. They should instead have held a meeting called "Dasar Kawalan Manusia".