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The decision is all the more significant as the culprit was the first to be prosecuted under the Animal Welfare Act 2015 (AWA 2015) since it came into force in July 2017. NSTP/ROSDAN WAHID

I WELCOME the decision by the Selayang Sessions Court on Wednesday which sentenced a 42-year-old man to 34 months’ jail and fined him RM40,000 for killing a pregnant cat by stuffing it into a laundromat dryer.

The decision should serve as a lesson to all.

The decision is all the more significant as the culprit was the first to be prosecuted under the Animal Welfare Act 2015 (AWA 2015) since it came into force in July 2017.

Local authorities must also take note of the judgment and improve enforcement when catching strays. I believe that the killing,trapping and euthanising of stray animals must be done according to the AWA 2015.

I hope the judgment provides confidence to the Veterinary Services Department to bring more cases of animal cruelty to court.

I urge all parties to assist the police and the Veterinary Services Department to catch culprits who kill innocent animals.

Under Section 428 of the Penal Code, those found guilty of killing or maiming any animal could be punished with imprisonment of up to three years or fined or both.

Under Section 29 of the AWA 2015, those found guilty of abusing the animals can be fined between RM20,000 and RM100,000 or jailed up to three years or both.

The public must continue to act as the eyes and ears of the authorities and share information with them apart from posting such cruel acts to create awareness and shame the culprits in the social media.

This is a noble cause - giving voice and representation to animals that are helpless against abusers. Punitive action has to be taken against the abusers in addition to educational awareness campaigns.

TAN SRI LEE LAM THYE

Patron, Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Selangor

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