Malaysians are often empathetic and compassionate when we come across news about animal abuse. We get angry, we question why and we air our grievances on social media.
But is that all we can do? Because this statistics have proven that words alone are not enough.
According to the Veterinary Services Department, the number of cases involving animal abuse increased by 10 per cent
in the past year.
reported that the statistics showed 463 cases recorded in 2016, while there were 510 cases in 2017.
Any guesses which animals were most frequently abused? Well, about 90 per cent of cases reportedly involved cats and dogs
Veterinarian Dr Salehatul Khuzaimah Mohamad Ali said that there are two forms of animal abuse -- direct
Direct abuse involves ill-treating or torturing the animal, such as beating, poisoning or scalding it with hot water or hot oil, while indirect abuse happens when the owner does not provide their pet with basic necessities, like food, water and shelter.
When the pet is sick and the owner refuses to take it to the veterinary clinic for treatment, it is also considered a form of indirect abuse.
In some cases, some pet owners tend to keep their pets enclosed in a small cage with very limited space to sleep or move around. This leads to another type of indirect abuse as well.
Cages are not entirely forbidden, as long as there is ample space for the animal to be comfortable. But sometimes, that can be a very fine line for some pet owners because space is subjective.
Hence why the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) is trying to do as much as they can to help animals, including the ones that are abused, in distress or strays.
The organisation is also making efforts to create awareness and educate people on how to be responsible pet owners.
In fact, a total of 676 cats and dogs were reportedly left abandoned at SPCA in 2016, and the number increased to 935 last year.
SPCA is currently working on 'Caring and Compassionate Communities' (CCC) which establishes safe zones around housing areas to enable spayed or neutered animals to live free from captivity.
Local communities are also encouraged to put up feeding stations for strays to feed on and spay or neuter them with SPCA's help.
In time, these steps will hopefully decrease the number of animal abuse cases that take place within our society today.
Having said that, if you'd like to make a report of any animal abuse case, read more about what you can do here