IAPWA’s breakthrough in Penang and what we can do

I’m sorry this is very, very late news.  I only heard about it yesterday and it took sometime to get the links below.

I’m sure none of us can ever forget the tragedy that happened in Penang in Sept-Oct 2015 where thousands of innocent dogs (and also cats) were mercilessly culled all because of the order from a certain politician despite offers of compassionate help from WVS’ Dr Luke Gamble.

Who could forget? https://myanimalcare.org/2015/09/29/wvs-offers-rabies-vaccines-to-penang-but-how-long-is-the-red-tape/

So many local animal organisations and individual animal lovers pleaded for compassion:
https://myanimalcare.org/2015/09/20/rabies-alert-mr-lim-we-appeal-for-compassion-for-the-thousands-of-innocent-stray-animals/

Even international organisations tried to help:
https://myanimalcare.org/2015/10/02/international-organisations-addressing-mass-culling-in-penang/

But it fell on deaf ears.

However, today, perhaps those poor thousands of innocent animals have not died in vain. It is a small consolation. Nevertheless, still a consolation.

According to some news sources, Penang island is building a large pound for captured animals. Currently, they are already using more humane methods of capture (large net instead of the cruel lasso). Dogs are kept in one kennel each.  These captured animals are neutered and rehomed. Penang NGO’s shared that neutered animals are also allowed to be released, in the spirit of TNR.

The best news is that there is no more killing.

Here are the links shared by a friend in Penang:

https://www.themalaysianinsight.com/s/30944/

https://www.thestar.com.my/metro/community/2017/08/18/uk-approach-to-reduce-strays-city-council-to-adopt-iapwas-global-dog-neutering-project/

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1804503226233786&id=211734085510716

https://www.thestar.com.my/metro/metro-news/2018/09/17/making-a-pawsitive-change-group-holding-charity-fair-to-raise-funds-for-programme-in-aid-of-strays/

We applaud the IAPWA for this extremely remarkable breakthrough and wish them the very best in all their noble efforts.

Meanwhile, will other state leaders be willing to listen and make a compassionate change to the existing archaic and absolutely out-dated practice of capture-and-kill?  NGO’s and independent caregivers have pleaded for years but it has fallen on deaf ears.

Must it take a horrible and tragic incident perpetrated by ignorant and ill-informed decisions before some measure of compassion can be be exercised for our voiceless and defenseless friends?

Animals cannot vote, but it doesn’t mean they are less deserving of fair and compassionate treatment.

While waiting and hoping for a big change from the government, we, as individuals, must continue our small efforts in helping as much as we can. We might not achieve anything on a big scale, but we can still help one little life at a time.

Every animal neutered and rehomed, is a life saved. We need not aim too high. Just aim at saving one life at a time. We are not miracle workers. Saving one better than not saving any at all.

To this end, kudos to all of your out there who have tirelessly done your part every day!

1 comment to IAPWA’s breakthrough in Penang and what we can do

  • This is the very best news concerning strays in Malaysia.Should gave taken shape long ago but better late than not at all. Penang is always the first wgen it comes to animal welfares.I hope the veterinary department will take note of this and comes up with a more humane protocol when dealing with stray dogs , NOT blatantly shooting and decapitate the dogs in the guise of eliminating rabies.