Monday, August 2, 2010





Animal rights have been a hot issue for the past decade, even longer. Whether testing on animals for the sake of humans or putting animals in cruel conditions so we can eventually kill them and eat them has been under debate. Some people agree with it, and others do not.  ''Animal rights is the viewpoint that many (non-human) animals have moral rights that prohibit humans from violating their basic interests. The term "animal rights" is commonly used as a synonym for "Animal Liberation". However, not all those who favour liberating animals from human domination (e.g., some utilitarians and feminists) believe that the concept of moral rights is the best ethical approach to take.''
Animals roaming the streets as a result of their owners’ not taking proper care of them also have rights and they are entitled to them. They have right to
Ø  life
Ø  proper feeding
Ø   shelter
Ø   clean water.
Ø  be taken to the animal clinic for medical check and vaccinations and treatments against particular diseases.
Ø  LOCAL authorities should look into giving proper meals and have more hygenic pounds for strays.
Ø  Strays that are caught are put to sleep after about two weeks and as such it should be done in the most humane way possible.
Ø  Pounds in some local authorities like the Selayang Municipal Council (MPS) in Bandar Baru Selayang have been feeding the animals only rice.
Ø  The MPS even organised a dog-catching competition in 2007 and animal rights groups such as the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), Malaysian Animal Rights and Welfare Association, Petpositive and Malaysian Association for Responsible Pet Ownership protested. The contest was later scrapped.
Ø  These dogs have been living on the streets eating leftovers and rubbish from garbage dumps and it is only proper to feed these animals proper meals and give them a bath. 
Ø  Pitiful: Stray dogs at the kennels at the MPS dog pound.
Ø  Many local authorities have complained that there is not enough space in the pounds for these dogs.
Ø  Local authorities should set aside funds to build bigger pounds to keep the strays and I am sure the state government will be able to allocate land for a hygenic dog pound if there is a request from the councils.
Ø  Three years ago when MPS organised a dog-catching competition, I followed a team of MPS dog-catching contractors to see how they catch the strays.

The truth is that animal experiments are a cruel and fundamentally flawed method of medical research. Humans evolved from other animals millions of years ago. With each generation, each different species evolves a unique biology to help them survive in their environment.
Our bodies contain many systems such as those that coordinate immune reactions and hormones. These systems interact and work in incredibly complicated ways. Each small difference affects the way the whole body works. That's why each animal reacts differently to substances and suffers distinct diseases. For example, despite chimpanzees being our closest relatives, they do not develop human-type AIDS when injected with HIV.

Testing cosmetics on animals is a form of animal testing, intended to ensure the safety and hypoallergenic properties of the products for use by humans. Because of the harm done to the animal subjects, this testing is opposed by animal rights activists and others, and is banned in much of the European Union.
 Using animal testing in the development of cosmetics may involve testing either a finished product or the individual ingredients of a finished product on animals, often rabbits, but also mice,rats,, and other animals. In some cases, the products or ingredients are applied to the mucous memebrane of the animal, including eyes, nose, and mouth, to determine whether they cause allergic or other reactions. The extent to which animal testing causes pain and suffering in laboratory animals is the subject of much debate. 

Who will want to be moved from her or his home to a land where he or she will be a stranger...who will want to be make profit yielding ground and mostly who will want to be separated from her or his parents…?
These are the questions people should asking themselves when ever they decide to tame wild animals like the polar bear on the left which is brought from ice-lands to dry lands,separated from its family just only to yield profit from it. This violate animals their right to be free in their natural habitat.

Think about this monkey tied with a rope around its neck and being the fun of the day. Surely this act of cruelty is nothing but the greediness of people to make a living out of hopeless and helpless animals. The question that may arise is who is there to speak out for these animals since they cannot speak out for themselves. Animals, like humans, deserve to live a life free of suffering. Sometimes people just forget that animals are also living organisms.Animals are their own beings.Although people fail to see it,animals have rights just like human beings.All of these creatures have the same spark of life.Human morality must expand to acknowledge and respect the rights of the non-human animal kingdom.Animal experimentation, which has become one of today's largest controversies. Although researchers have depended on animal test data to achieve medical advances, there should be other means of research because testing on animals is cruel, inhumane,brutal torture and this cease their lives. Surely, no form of genocide undertaken in human history can match these numbers of animals used in researches and this is a violation of their right to life.They all want to live just as badly as we want to live.

  • ·         Malaysian National Animal Welfare Foundation

  1.                              World society for the protection of animals
        • British Union Against Vivisection (BUAV)
        • Compassion in World Farming CIWF


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