Malaysiakini Letter

Thousands of wild birds imprisoned in shoplots

Saravanan Forever
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The question is not, “Can they reason?” nor, “Can they talk?” but rather, “Can they suffer?” - Jeremy Bentham.

Human are causing unnecessary trouble and distress towards animals which were created in this world. We do not have any reason for causing misery to the creatures which can’t express their feelings. We are the weak and cowardly creatures in this earth by troubling other living beings. For that reason the entire human race is suffering and fighting against each other. Karma will take revenge.

Recently, while I was teaching my brother how to drive a car, we went to a residential area where it was very quiet. That was my first time to enter that place. It was called Taman Jayamas phase 1, Jalan Tun Dr Ismail, Seremban. Negri Sembilan. When I passed by a shoplot, I heard terrific noises from birds which seemed like they were crying. It was a heartbreaking sound.

I do not have any idea or clue about the whole row of shoplots. I went to the second row where terrace houses were built, and I asked a resident, “Why are there a lot of birds sounds from the building?” According to him, a man who is allegedly the owner of the project has approximately thousands of birds in a shop. That means more than 10 shophouses have more than 500,000 birds caged or imprisoned in the shoplots.

The question is how did Majlis Perbandaran Seremban give a licence for such a cruel project? The worst part is there is no light in the building nor an electricity connection. I am not sure how often the birds were fed. There is no proper space for birds to get fresh air. There are a few holes in every building but they are not sufficient for them to get fresh air.

Besides this, the shoplots were plastered with cement because apparently they didn’t want the neighbours to listen to bird-crying and noises. Wild birds are not supposed to be kept in homes, what about thousands of them in a shoplot. Who is to be blamed?

In the first place who, how and why did Majlis Perbandaran Seremban approved a licence for rearing birds in a residential area? If this can happen, is it possible for others to rear chickens, goats, cows in the shop lots especially in residential areas? A big question mark arises here. It should not be possible for someone to do so even if he owns the shoplots.

Majlis Perbandaran Seremban is fully responsible for this animal cruelty. Malaysia should tighten animal cruelty laws. Last week I had highlighted dog killing by Majlis Perbandaran Johor Tengah, and this week bird-keeping within the jurisdiction of Majlis Perbandaran Seremban. Are we thinking that we are supreme towards all living beings which are created by the creator?

What I have mentioned above is just my own view. Now it is time for every Malaysian to watch and see the pictures which are linked above. Rational-thinking Malaysian should push the government to tighten animal cruelty laws. If the current government fails to listen to this request, I will highlight the case to international organisations.

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