Remembering Sheena

Stop Animal Abuse in Malaysia.

Monday, February 20, 2006

Unconditional Love Will Have The Final Word

Hi People,

You may have noticed that I have been quiet for awhile.

Well, for one I needed a break because of all the threats I had been receiving. I’m not perturbed by these threats as God is my strength and my fortress, but I am disturbed and shocked that they are coming from the very people who profess to be protecting animals.

From the beginning, RSC has maintained that we are a serious group who are out to make some “real” changes to the poor treatment of animals in this country.

We are not interested in organizing tea parties just so that we can cuddle up to animals in front of the cameras for some free publicity. We know that all you kind-hearted people out there share our views.

Hence, we urge you to continue calling the authorities who have the power to stop animal abuse, and to speak up whenever and wherever you see abuse taking place, even if no one listens. If you read about it in the newspapers, write to the Media, even if your letter never gets published.

And if you call the Enforcement Section of the Veterinary Services Department, please ensure that you write down the name of the person you talk to.

Do not remain silent. Write letters to the Media, or telephone them with details of where, when and what kind of abuse is taking place so that they can highlight the matter.

Please also telephone the Media to congratulate them whenever they highlight animal issues. After all, everyone likes to be appreciated for the work they do.

And don’t forget to advice, educate and speak to animal abusers even if they verbally abuse you. Continue to speak calmly and explain to abusers that their actions are hurting animals and what goes around will come around. These people will surely reap what they sow.

Sadly, speaking up is not part of Malaysian culture, which is to turn a blind eye and have a “tidak apa” attitude. The West leads in every way not because they are wealthy, but because they always right a wrong when they see it.

Public outcry means something in the West and the shame and disgrace of a wrong highlighted in the Media brings about changes because people care. I don’t know when we will see this in Malaysia. We can only hope and pray.

While we appreciate that many of you report animal abuse cases to us we cannot do anymore than you can. Please understand that we are just like you – ordinary folks. We’re not even an NGO, but we are still talking, writing, advising and complaining. You too can do the same.

Some people have told us they don’t want to be identified and don’t want trouble. Nobody wants you to pick a fight, but we have a responsibility to stand up for what is right to protect our voiceless creatures.

Don’t keep passing the buck to others to do something. And if there is nothing else that you do, at least you can pray every single day that ALL animals shall be free from all bondages and wickedness in this world.

The lyrics of a song go like this: Every time I pray, I move the Hands of God. My prayer does the things my hands cannot do. How true!

I leave you with the words of Dr Martin Luther King:

“I refuse to accept the idea that the ‘isness’ of man's present nature makes him morally incapable of reaching up for the eternal ‘oughtness’ that forever confronts him…

“I believe that unarmed Truth and unconditional Love will have the final word in reality. This is why Right temporarily defeated is stronger than Evil triumphant.”

Shoba Mano.


  • At 3:44 PM, Blogger Bloggie said…

    Dear Ms Shoba,

    So you've finally realised people are NOT so nice after all? Good for you.

    I'm not surprised at the threats you've received from those who profess to be protecting animals. Just read some of the Press statements by these people and you'd know they have ulterior motives - self-publicity perhaps?

    Then again, there are those so-called established organisations whose programmes and ideas contradict everything that animal rights groups have always stood for. How is this possible? Non-sensical statements from an animal rights group? Shocking but true.

    My advise is for you to go it alone. Forget the rest. The RSC is a very respectable organisation today, and you guys have done a wonderful job of it. Keep up the good work and do your own thing.

    Continue to badger the authorities and make as much "noise" as you can because you people at the RSC always make a lot of sense.

    The public will be with you just as my friends and I were when we supported your rally in January.

    You go girl!

    Jacinta Lee Yoke May

  • At 7:54 PM, Blogger Shoba said…

    Hey Jacinta

    Heh heh. Yeah, I suppose I was naive enough to believe in that these people actually have the interests of animals at heart. Boy, was I wrong.

    Thank you so much for your words of wisdom Jacinta. Your encouragement, wisdom and support means a lot to me and to the rest of the RSC team.

    We are more discreet now and will let everyone know of our education plan "after" we launch it. God willing, soon.

    Thank you and Bless you,
    Shoba Mano

  • At 8:45 PM, Blogger wong said…

    erm... would you might to give me the phone number? :P

  • At 12:23 AM, Blogger Stephanie said…

    What a way to get publicity. Haven't read any of the articles you were talking about Shoba but honestly if they wanted publicity they should've gone on Malaysian idol in a clownsuit instead of pretending to be animal a false ray of hope to the helpless animals and to the people who dedicate their heart, time and effort into protecting the unheard cries of abused animals. Honestly, what kind of a society are we Malaysians? Are we heartless Asians that care only about slimming pills, luxury automobiles, Louis Vuitton handbags and the latest Nokia phones? I see no point in proclaiming yourself to be an animal lover when your love for animals goes no further than buying a cute puppy and feeding it dog biscuits everyday... we need to change our attitude towards Mother Nature and she is made up largely of beautiful animals. It's time to play a role parallel to the Pied Piper and start taking from humans and giving to animals. Thumbs up to all the animal activists out there for you guys are truly special and God-sent! :)


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