Remembering Sheena

Stop Animal Abuse in Malaysia.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Woof Meow Charity Carnival - Dec 12

After a couple of postponements, WoofMeow Charity Carnival is finally here. Kindly take note that the final confirmed date for this event is Dec 12, 2009 and not Nov 7 as printed on the poster below. Full details below.

Host: Shyam and Friends
Type: Causes - Fundraiser
Date: Saturday, December 12, 2009
Time: 10:00am - 6:00pm
Location:Sports Plaza, PJ
Street: Lot 14, Jalan Bersatu, Seksyen 13/4
City/Town: Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
Phone: 0196652387

Note below from Shyam Priah:

This fundraising event is being held to raise much needed funds to help independent pet rescuers and animal welfare organizations to continue with their efforts with regards to animal welfare issues in Malaysia. Our recipients are Malaysian Dogs Deserve Better and Furry Friend Farm, two animal shelters in Malaysia which practice No-Kill policy; Malaysian Dog Deserve Better (MDDB) & Furry Friend Farm (FFF).

Working closely hand in hand with each other in educating the Malaysian public in the areas of pet care, importance of spaying and all other aspects of raising a pet the right way, these independent organizations often run low on funds, proving a hindrance to their efforts.

The event will also see a celebrity car wash with the radio and TV personalities. Some of the activities planned out on the day would be charity car wash, jumble sale, music and dance workshops, pet adoption drive and also the largest honorary tribute ever done for pets in Malaysia.

Volunteers needed to have lots of fun with soap suds and water!

Our celebrity car wash will be headed by none other than Daphne Iking and her friends!!

Friday, November 27, 2009

Farewell Tribute To Hitam From Malay Mail!

The Malay Mail
November 25, 2009

By Ian Pereira

THE last time Sabrina Yeap bade farewell to Hitam, she told him he was a good boy and that she would visit him every month.

Hitam responded by wagging his tail and licking her right shoulder, as if to say, “I love you and thank you.”

That was their last meeting on Sept 29, at a fish farm off the Pulau Selat Kering mangrove island. Seven days later Hitam died from pneumonia, after being sent back to the fish farm on the demand of the farm owner.

Today Hitam evokes sweet memories for Sabrina who took care of the welfare of the stray dog that had so courageously assisted in her rescue mission to bring all the remaining dogs who were stranded and left to die on the mangrove island.

Hitam, who touched the hearts of dog and animal lovers all over Malaysia, left a beautiful memory that Sabrina felt the canine telling her: “No matter how deep my sleep, I shall hear you, and not all the power of death can keep my spirit from wagging a grateful tail.” [Caption for photo above: Hitam in the tender arms of Sabrina days before he died]

Hitam was supported by the Furry Friends Farm, a private organisation, led by Sabrina that rescued and cared of abused and abandoned stray dogs and cats.

The farm is a two-acre shelter for the abused and abandoned stray animals rescued in Selangor.

The rescued strays are given immediate medical attention, vaccinated, de-wormed, with heart-worm prevention and neutered.

Says Sabrina of her animal caring mission: “I can’t believe there is a heaven without dogs” and of the animal her considered opinion is “Dogs do more for people than people do for one another.”

“They don’t ask for anything in return. They are not part of today's great “I want.” Suddenly, Sabrina has become the talisman of dog lovers throughout Malaysia following her rescue mission of hundreds of dogs abandoned on an island near Pulau Ketam earlier this year.

Hitam, the brave jet black mongrel, died tragically, aged four-and-a-half years (almost 35 in human years) and was in the prime of his life, with many bones left to bury, and many carpets left to stain.

Hitam was unquestionably the most popular dog in Malaysia. Once his plight was made known, many emails and phone calls were received from animal lovers throughout Malaysia, sending their condolences. Many addressed the mail simply: To Hitam, the Black Beauty of Furry Friends Farm.

According to Sabrina, Hitam’s hobbies included running around to explore and swimming. With his warm and friendly nature Hitam did get along well with his other “inmates” during his short stay at the Furry Friends Farm at Kundang, Selangor, that came complete with basic sheltered areas for dogs, a kitchen, a storeroom and a cattery. Hitam is survived by his best friend Kuning, who was rescued along with him and who is today recuperating from a minor kidney malfunction.

After Hitam and Kuning were plucked from the jaws of death at Pulau Selat Kering in early May, they helped greatly in the evacuation of all the stray dogs on Pulau Selat Kering mangrove island.The dogs were all weak and malnourished almost to the point of death.

Following his death, Hitam was bestowed full honours by both human and canine admirers. When Hitam was laid to rest at Furry Friends Farm, Kuning and most of the other dogs, farm volunteers Chetz Yusof, Hoe Choy Lin, his wife Sharon, Miza Nordin, Marianne and Sabrina were present at his funeral service.

Sabrina and most of her fellow farm volunteers rose to their feet in observing a moment of barking.

Her strong affiliation and love for dogs stems from her belief that dogs are wiser than man. “They do not set great store upon things.

“They do not waste their day hoarding property. They do not ruin their sleep worrying about how to keep the objects they have and obtain the objects they have not,” added Sabrina, 40, a partime mathematics and science teacher.

Two months ago, Hitam arrived at the Furry Friends Farm uncared and unloved.

Now, as he departed, Sabrina wept beside his grave.

If you appreciate this story above please go to this Malay Mail link and post a comment of appreciation to the journalist. Thank you.

Zoo Negara - A Torture Chamber For Animals

Below is a report from PETA. Please click on this link below to see each enclosure and how each specie of animal is suffering and at the end of the report read what you can do to help:

At a first glance, Zoo Negara—set in the Malaysian jungle—looks like a natural setting for the animals who live there, but a closer look at the outdated enclosures (many of which were originally built in the 1980s) reveals environments that can never compare to the lush jungles, forests, grasslands, rivers, and oceans these animals call home.

Three hippos spend their miserable lives in a tiny enclosure, no bigger than your average studio apartment. A group of Malaysian sun bears constantly pant and pace around a barren enclosure, the grass worn down from their endless circles. One brown bear, who in the wild would live in cool climates like those in Russia and Canada, throws himself repeatedly against the side of his enclosure—literally having been driven insane from his confinement and boredom—while his cagemate paces. These repetitive, abnormal, and often self-destructive behaviors are called "zoochosis."

Near the front of the zoo, two Malaysian elephants are confined to a barren dirt enclosure; their only enrichment is a log and an old tire. One of the elephants is frequently chained by two of his legs—he can only move a few inches in any direction and spends his time swaying his head from side to side. Wild elephant herds roam up to 80 kilometers a day—activity that is essential to their well-being—but the entire Zoo Negara measures only 0.5 square kilometers. In the wild, these elephants would graze, pluck fruit and leaves from trees, take mud baths, and spend hours a day swimming and playing in the water.

An Oxford University study based on four decades of observing animals in captivity and in the wild found that animals such as lions, tigers, and cheetahs "show the most evidence of stress and/or psychological dysfunction in captivity" and concluded that "the keeping of naturally wide-ranging carnivores should be either fundamentally improved or phased out." Zoo Negara houses several lions, tigers, and jaguars—all of whom live in enclosures that can never meet their natural needs to roam, hunt, and play.

Zoos claim that they educate people and preserve species, but they rarely succeed on either count. Zoos present visitors with a distorted view of wildlife. Even the biggest zoos cannot provide the space, exercise, privacy, or mental stimulation needed by the animals they imprison, much less fulfill their other complex needs.
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