The Animal Welfare Act 2015 was gazetted on 29 December 2015, and is very close to being enforcable by law!
For the first time, Pet Owners will bear the responsibility of providing a suitable environment and diet and adequate housing and, willingly or unwillingly, inflicts unnecessary pain and suffering on their pet will be fined between RM15,000 – RM75,000 and/or to imprisonment of not more than 2 years. Repeat offenders will be fined again but twice the previous amount. Owners who keep their pets in small cages, left outside the compound, tied with short leashes and heavy chains, beaten or terrified will be brought to book!
Animal abusers will be fined between RM20,000 – RM100,000 and /or jail term up to 3 years.
Repeat offenders will be fined double the fines and a minimum 3 month jail term. Animal abusers can be individuals or body corporate. This means errant Municipal Councils can be charged and their office bearers too will bear that responsibility and be charged for inhumane treatment of stray animals. From 7 offences in the Animal Ordinance 1953, this new Act defines an expanded 21 Cruelty offences.
cruelly beats , kicks, overloads, tortures or terrifies any animals
overrides or overdrives any animal
fails or neglects to provide sufficient food, drink or shelter
fails to provide medical treatment or care that causes unnecessary pain or suffering
permits an animal to be confined, conveyed, lifted or carried in a manner that causes unnecessary pain or suffering
forces an injured, diseased, sick animal to work
physical mutilation unless certified by a vet authority or vet surgeon
skins, roasts or kills any animal for superstitious belief through procedure that causes pain and suffering
extracts any parts of live animals which causes pain and suffering
dynamites, electrifies or poisons any water body for the purpose of killing or catching any animal
keeps the animals on a short or heavy chain and restricting normal movement
keeps the animal in a small cage that prohibits natural movement
sells any ill treated and suffering animal
abandons an animal
allows an injured, diseased, disabled animal to go unattended and die
organises any sport or activity where the animal is subjected to cruelty
Founded in 1958, Society For The Prevention of Cruelty To Animals (SPCA Selangor) is a well-respected and trusted animal welfare Non-Profit Organisation (Reg No.1320) based in Ampang Jaya, Selangor (Malaysia). Over the years, the organisation has gained tremendous good-will, recognition and support from animal lovers all over Malaysia.