Animal welfare: Inculcating from young and more laws to protect animals

The news:

KUALA LUMPUR: A school syllabus on animal welfare and protection is in the works by the Natural Resources and Environment Ministry to inculcate future generations on the importance of animal treatment.

Its minister Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said the syllabus seeks to educate students that animals are also God’s creations and should not be hurt or abused.

“Many humans today have yet to reach what we call ‘civilised thinking’ level when it comes to animals. They think animals have no emotions or feelings and simply abuse them.

“Based on general knowledge, animals also have feelings and can become stressed, they can even die due to pressure.

Kudos to Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi!  This is very timely.

This syllabus, he said, was still in its early stages but stated that it was vital that Malaysians were educated from young.

Wan Junaidi added that the ministry also plans to amend a number of laws to ensure not only pets are protected but also wildlife animals which are kept as pets.

He said his ministry also plans to amend laws to include digital evidence that includes videos and activities such as wildlife cyber trading.

We hope the minister will look into Act 154 and the Local Government Act of 1976 which affect the lives of street animals.

“We have to understand that we are the ones who disturb their areas first with all types of human activities such as developments and plantations.

Spot on!!  If only more humans understood this and accept responsibility for what they have done.

The animals are not to be blamed, really. They have been forcibly “evicted” from their homes due to our development and desecration of nature. They are merely trying to find their homes again.

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