Update: A larger crowd is expected to turn up for a third Silent Awareness Walk on Sunday, 9 April at the Penang Botanic Garden at 5.30pm. About 120 people and 80 people participated in the first and second walks in Penang on 26 March and 2 April. Make sure you come and show your support.
Animal lovers in Penang are coming together for three walks to raise awareness about cruelty towards animals. So if you are concerned about cruelty towards strays and pets, this is the place to be.
This is the press release forwarded by the organisers:
Silent Awareness Walks in Penang
Sunday, 26 March 2017, 5.30pm – Meeting point at Sunrise Tower. We will walk down Kelawei Road and up along Gurney Drive. Walk terminates at Sunrise Tower. No dogs, please. We plan to have white T-shirts in honour of all animals dead and suffering.
We will have two more walks:.
2 April, 5.30pm – Karpal Singh Drive. Meeting point Mc Donalds, Karpal Singh Drive.
9 April, 5.30pm – Botanic Gardens Penang. Meeting point carpark before Moongate.
On all walks, we will have white T-shirts – and no dogs, please.
All animals born with a spine have feelings. Happiness, anger, fear, amusement, sadness. But we humans think we are the only ones with feelings; we think we have the right to treat animals any way we like because we think they don’t understand, so they don’t feel.
Luckily through research and experience, we have learned to love and understand animals more. In Malaysia, it is very popular to have cats and dogs as pets. Not to mention ‘exotic pets’.
Education and awareness of animal feelings and rights are not widespread. Most western countries are implementing similar rules and laws against mistreatment of humans and animals. Cruelty is not allowed. Respect for humans is absolutely fully understood, but so far, NOT for animals it would seem.
We have endless number of experiences in the mistreatment of animals. Some drop their dogs out of their expensive vehicles in other areas, as they no longer want to take care of them. Their pets have outgrown their ‘cuteness’. Mutilated dogs are a daily occurrence. The library of horrifying pictures seems to be endless.
Dogs are caged and chained, instead of being walked. Cats have been found in washing machines, drowned. Exotic animals are smuggled into the country and kept in aquariums even if their habitat is on land. It is an endless list of cruelty. IT MUST STOP.
We will highlight and have placards and banners to raise awareness during our walk. We will not condemn or criticise but only inform and teach. We will spread love and kindness towards animals. To educate the public about animals having rights.
We have representatives from many organisations involved and we hope for a crowd of at least 100 people to walk with us.
A very friendly and peaceful walk. Instead of microphones or chanting of slogans, we will have silence as our tool to get attention!
The organisers are also promoting TNR – trap-neuter-return, which apparently is now being practised in Ipoh and Selangor:
Trap-neuter-return (TNR) is a management technique in which community cats and dogs are humanely trapped, evaluated, spayed or neutered by a licensed veterinarian, ear-tipped to show they’ve been sterilised, vaccinated against rabies and distemper, and then returned to their original habitat.
Targeted TNR (ie maximising the number of cats/dogs sterilised at the colony or neighbourhood level) offers several benefits over the inefficient approaches that have been used for generations, such as complaint-driven impoundment, which is often followed by lethal injection.
These benefits include: reduced shelter intake of cats and kittens/ dogs and puppies; reduced shelter deaths of cats and kittens/ dogs and puppies; stabilised and (over time) reduced community cat/dog populations; and reduced rumber of nuisance complaints