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Dear Friends,

We here at GrASS need your help to help us gather the below mentioned items to help us raise funds for our shelter and other independent pet rescuers.

The items are:

Scrap Paper
Old Newspapers
Old Magazines
Unwanted uncooked/raw Acidic Fruits ( Oranges, pineapples, lime,lemons)
Unwanted uncooked/raw fruits
Unwanted uncooked/raw Vegetables
Brown Sugar
Rice Bran
Red Earth
Glass Jars/Plastic containers with lids
Cardboard boxes (any other cardboard materials)
Aluminium Cans
Expired Food Products

For more ways on how or what items you can donate to help please visit HERE

Friday, March 19, 2010


From: Serene LEE Siew Yin
Date: Fri, Mar 19, 2010 at 2:40 PM

Yang Berhormat Mr. Prime Minister and Menteri-Menteri Dalam Negeri,
I am feeling very disappointed to get emails after emails of the abuse of animals by not only normal citizens, but actual fact, by the specially elected and appointed local government officials.  Do we actually have to complain one municipal council at a time?  Can't we just change for the better as a whole country?  When we want to reach for ONE Malaysia and to be a well established and developed country, how can we mistreat animals this way?  As famous philosopher Mahatma Gandhi has said, 
 "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated".
Please look at the photo attached and the letter sent to the press below.  Nearly every other week, we read such violence by our local municipal officers.  I can't just imagine how much more violent can a person be?  A small little harmless animal will not be able to harm you - why do you want to hurt them like that?  There is certainly a good reason why Tuhan has created dogs, definitely not as "haram" or to be tortured.  They are named as men's best friend, so they are definitely created harmless and to assist humans in different needs like how the Anjing Polis helps and protects their Human Police partner and some helps in gathering and leading flocks. 
Anjing liar might be over populated, and the reason is that there is no proper control.  The proper control, like have been stressed by many Animal NPOs, is to catch-neuter-release.  Then, there is no such need to spend our hard earned tax money on bullets to shoot those dogs, but cater the money for government veterinarians to spay and release them.  WE URGE THAT THIS WAY IS USED!
DBKL Officers, it has been reported that your officers are to be blamed for the action shown in the picture.  The stick that has been used to stuff into the dog's throat has also been identified as the pole normally used by council dog catchers.  We want a good explanation on this and we want ACTIONS taken to mend the situation and on the officers!  We do not want our hard earned tax money to pay these cruel officers.     

Enough is enough.  A stop have to be put to these cruelty.  We have gone from MBSJ to MPK to MPS and many many more.  Now, DBKL?  Let us take a rest, it is not fun to make complains over our respected government.  I want to be able to say good things to my overseas friends when they come to Malaysia to visit.  I want to be able to say that my Government is a very responsible and empathetic Government.

Please do something.

p.s Hundreds of activists, NPOs, animal lovers and rescuers have been bcc'ed in this email to support the act.

Thank you.  Hope to get a response soon.

Best Regards,
Serene Lee

A concerned citizen and taxpayer.

Just when we thought we can take a short break from advocacy and update our supporters about our rescue work - this crops up. We are shocked and appaled that human beings can actually resort to such cruelty. The letter says that the six young people were told that the dog had been tied-up like that for quite a while - didn't it kick the conscience of the people who had passed by? Our rescuer friend Miza Nordin says she will go an look for the dog this evening as it definetely needs medical attention. The stick has also been identified as the pole used by council dog catchers. So, there must be truth that the dog was tied in that position by DBKL workers. We called KTM and its public relations officer Fazil said he too was shocked with the pictures. He has asked for emaild to be directed to him and said that he would direct them all to the KTMB president.

Here's the letter which appeared in Malaysiakini. Take a look at the picture.

M Nisha
Mar 17, 10

I am writing because of a grievous incident that took place on Monday, March 15 at about 3pm at Kepong Central KTM Station. My friends and I (six of us) were there to take the train to the Bank Negara station.

After parking our cars, we heard a dog howling, more like a painful cry. Then, we noticed a dog being tied to the grill (steel fence) of the KTM station. As we approached the dog, we stood aghast at the sight.

The stray dog's leg and neck was tied very tightly to the grill and a piece of wood had been shoved down inside its throat! The dog was bleeding and its feces were all around it. The string was attached to a pole in the KTM station.

Immediately, we confronted the KTM workers. They said that it was done by Kuala Lumpur City Hall workers because a minister was to be visiting the station next week. They failed to explain further.

At once, we called the SPCA and the Paws animal welfare society. The SPCA responded efficiently by informing us that an animal control officer would be there soon. We made a slight commotion in front of the KTM station but the KTM workers were not concerned at all.

After about an hour, as we were returning to the KTM Kepong Central Station, we received a call from the SPCA officer stating that the dog was now not tied up and was moving around. When we arrived, the dog was limping. The same KTM workers avoided us as we tried to confront them. A passer-by told us that the dog has been that way for quite some time.

The SPCA officer could not capture the dog as it walked away for quite a distance. He advised us to write to the media and to the SPCA as well.

Doenn't our country's animal rights support the idea that an animal has the right to live its life without being harmed and hurt by humans? We realize that people define the meaning of animal rights and abuse in different ways but aren't the citizens of our country merciful?

This dog could have been just put to sleep if it had been harming the public or causing a nuisance. Why stick a wooden stick down its throat?

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