Here’s a piece of news that our hearts simply cannot take yet it can’t just go unnoticed!
A video of a boy in Malaysia swinging a puppy by its tail and eventually killing it by flinging it into the air has sparked outrage among Malaysian netizens, with many calling for him to be arrested or be subjected to legal action. According to the present Animal Act 1953, animal abusers face a fine of RM200, or 6 months in prison, or both.
The 50-second long video was originally posted on Malaysian portal PenMerah’s Facebook page on 6th September. It showed a boy who looked like he was enjoying himself with a friend. The said boy was holding a puppy by its tail, violently swinging it around as the panicked puppy yelped helpless. He then threw it up into the air and attempts to catch it, but fails.
At this point, the puppy appears to be dead but that didn’t stop the boy. He then continued battering it before flinging the puppy into nearby bushes.
As seen in the screenshot above, the video has since been shared over 8,000 times. We won’t embed the video because it really isn’t for the weak-hearted but if you want to watch it, hit this link.
The exact time and date hasn’t been confirmed but the incident was rumoured to have happened in Bahau, Negeri Sembilan.
This is not the first time that such a case of animal abuse has come to light. In 2011, the story of “hell hotel” Petknode raised concerns and collective anger from fellow Malaysians. Before that, the story of Sushi, the toy poodle that was brutally abused by its owner broke hearts. And let’s not forget the case where a sun bear and a retired racehorse were poisoned to death at the Malacca Zoo and Night Safari.
As such, last year, an Animal Welfare Bill was proposed, calling for first-time offenders to be fined between RM20,000 and RM100,000, or face a jail term of up to three years. The Bill, which was tabled in Parliament in February last year, has yet to be passed.
An online petition has since surfaced, addressed to Mohamad Hassan, Chief Minister of the Negeri Sembilan Region. The petition is calling for action and demanding justice for the puppy.
On the other hand, according to this Facebook post that was shared by Puspa Rani (the founder and president of Malaysia Independent Animal Rescue), the boy in the video is 15 years old and he has never really been showed true compassion and love. We’ll not post up his name here because he’s a minor. The story is, his mom left him when he was very young and he was mentally tortured by his dad’s second wife. So much so that his dad’s second wife sent him to his aunt’s house in Bahau, Seremban. This was all communicated to Puspa Rani by the boy’s aunt.
Puspa Rani is now planning to see the boy and bringing him to the animal shelter to show him what is life and how dogs suffer. She hopes that by opening his eyes to what it means to love and care for animals, perhaps it’d in return instil some compassion and love in the boy too.
We applaud Puspa Rani for being such a kind-hearted soul!
According to Friends of BN – Barisan Nasional, the culprit behind the dog abuse case has been arrested by Royal Malaysia Police and will be taken to court for abusing the dog.
As we have previously mentioned, animal abusers will face a fine of RM200, or 6 months in prison, or both. Considering that the kid is still a minor, it is not certain that the kid will receive the same punishments.
No further information has been released but we will keep you updated!