I read with horror an advertisement on the Selayang Municipal Council’s website in Malaysia. See http://www.mps.gov.my/default01.htm.
This advertisement was for a Dog Catching Competition where lucrative prize money was being offered to individuals who could catch the most dogs! They are offering RM15,000 (Approx USD 4,285.00) to the top dog catcher (with 150 dogs or more in a period of 6 months), and for those who don't make the top three prizes, they are offering RM20 (Approx USD 5) per dog...
(See Mob1900's FAB POSTER... Maybe they wouldn't find it so funny if this were the case...)
How could the council even come up with such an idea? Which half sane or decent human being managed to come up with such a cruel and ridiculous idea? The competition would only encourage more cruelty towards these helpless animals. (Bear in mind that these stray dogs that are on the streets are due to our own negligence).
What shocked me even more was the fact that the council has openly stated that it will not be held responsible for any injury or damage caused by the individuals to the general public or themselves in their attempts to catch these stray dogs. The only requirement was that these dogs that care caught be brought in alive. The council does not seem to care for the welfare of the dogs that are brought in as there was no statement anywhere in their advertisement stating that the dogs that are caught must be caught in a humane manner.
This in my opinion would only encourage would be dog catchers to physically harm the dogs prior to taking them into the council. Other than that, by calling on the residents and the general public to carry out such an arduous task, there is a high risk that these people who try to catch the dogs will get hurt in the process. Dog catching is not an easy task and requires a professional!
Other than that I also believe that this competition would actually encourage people who are out to make easy money to steal dogs from their rightful owners. So I would also like to warn all dog owners to please bring your dogs indoors to keep them safe from these potential dog thieves.
I think that the actions of the Selayang Municipal Council in organizing such a competition is not just irresponsible, but down right BARBARIC!!!
I would like to plead to the government and the authorities to look into this matter and stop this campaign immediately. We should be a nation that cares for all living creatures, and I believe that all religions (Christianity, Islam, Buddhism etc) teaches us to be kind to all of God’s creatures. There are other ways and means to curb the stray population in this country. A number of groups and organizations like the SPCA and PAWS are working hard to educate the public via spay and neuter campaigns. This contest would only undermine their efforts.
If we let the Selayang Municipal Council get away with their barbaric dog catching competition, we are only encouraging the people that cruelty is an acceptable way of life. And I sincerely believe that Malaysians do not want to be seen by the world as a nation that sanctions cruelty to animals.
I also urge that the press highlight this horrific campaign by the Selayang Municipal Council in a bid to stop them from carrying out their nasty plans. I also urge all individuals to NOT take part in the competition in order to preserve our integrity as decent human beings
I would like to call upon all individuals to speak up against the Selayang Municipal Council for organizing this BARBARIC competition. You can do this by highlighting this case in your blogs, by emailing all your contacts and by writing to the press....
I am appealing to all readers of my blog, Malaysian readers and international readers, to write to the Malaysian press to highlight this case. Please include your full name, address and telephone number as anonnymus emails tend to be ignored. The email addresses are
International organisations that you can write to:
This list is a list of all the organisations that I have personally written to. I will be adding more to this list as I go along, so please check every now and again for new addresses.
We can make a difference if each one of us takes the initiative to spread this horrific news, and take the time to just write a short note to all of the local papers as well as the international organisations mentioned above. If there are any other organisations that we can write to, please let me know...