Their only “crime” is to exist

Ideally, we wish the local councils would not catch street animals.

Ideally, we wish the majority of humans would accept the presence of street animals in our environment.

There are animal organisations (like ours) and there are caregivers who would gladly do their very best to get these animals neutered and returned to their colonies. And everyone, human and animal, can live harmoniously and peacefully without resorting to killing.

That is the ideal world.

I was just chatting with a fellow animal advocate yesterday. We were lamenting about this sudden seemingly rampant all-out catching by certain councils.

Why is this happening all of a sudden? The work of politicians. Again?

Caregivers are telling us it’s happening and many of their neutered ear-notched animals have been caught. Some aren’t even sent to the pound so retrieving the animals is not possible. Even if they are willing to pay the fine, they cannot even locate where their animals have been sent to.

This is really sad.

As always, the only crime these poor animals are “guilty” of is to exist. That is all. They just exist, and the law declares that they are “pests” and have to be captured, removed from the environment (where they were born) and destroyed.

In the first place, why are street animals living amongst us?

Here’s why:

  1. It was our nomadic ancestors who either domesticated the wolves and big cats as companion animals OR they did not clean up after themselves and left food trails, so the animals came out from the wild and followed these food trails. By nature, animals will breed. That is how, after aeons of evolution, we now have the street dog and street cat living amongst us. If this is a “problem” now, who created the “problem” in the first place?
  2. Now, in our modern society, humans are again the biggest culprits in contributing to the stray animal population. Humans dump their unwanted pets on the streets. Or, they do not get their pets neutered, so they dump the offspring, or they just dump their own pets. Just take a look at festive seasons in our country and see how many unwanted pets are abandoned at local shelters or out on the street. There are actually more abandoned pets than feral ones in the stray animal population, according to statistics from a local shelter.

So, the bottom line is, this stray “problem” is created by humans and as usual, how do humans solve the problem?

By killing.

So, my friend and I were talking about this. It’s not just in our country, this happens in other places too.

Seeing how this is a problem everywhere, ideally, the animals should have just stayed in the jungle where the law of the jungle rules. Yes, they will be preyed upon but it might just be kinder than how it is now in our urban concrete jungles where humans harm, abuse, poison and do the most unimaginably cruel acts on these poor defenseless and innocent animals.  And self-serving politicians enact rules to please the majority of such humans.

Animals would be better off living in the wild and human animal advocates can then provide aid when needed, as in this video that we shared a few weeks ago.

The truck of hope – providing aid to animals whenever they need it, but otherwise, leaving them alone in their natural habitat where they can live freely. Naturally. As how Nature had intended them to do.

And cruel humans – please stay out of the jungle. Stay in your concrete urban jungle, breathe your polluted air and eat your polluted food. Leave the animals alone.






2 responses to “Their only “crime” is to exist”

  1. Joey

    I really can’t accept this. Last year animal act abolished then this year dogs killing everyday ! Is there something we could do together to voice this inhumane way…. ? Peoples power again!!!,

    1. chankahyein

      This is the Animal Welfare Act 2015: Best to read it in its entirety so that you understand what it covers. The preamble states that it only covers “owned animals” (pets). Only Section 29 covers all animals (on cruelty issues), but please look at the last part (article 29(2)) of this section.

      Also, there is still Act 171, article 80 and 81, which are seldom talked about. These have not changed:

      And there is also Act 154: (page 6). As long as these don’t change, councils will continue to catch.

      For laws to change, politicians have to act. But politicians will only act when the majority of the people want change.

      Here lies the problem: Animal lovers and animal advocates are still in the minority.

      We need a bigger voice.