SHAH ALAM - Yet another case of animal cruelty has been reported in Shah Alam, and this time it's about a stray dog that was brutally killed and eaten.
The act was caught on camera by two witnesses who were out feeding strays near Persiaran Elmina, when they saw a group of Indonesian men brutally hitting a stray dog on the head with a parang and a piece of wood.
The dog was later thrown into a fire and cooked.
The witnesses posted the video online, which caught the attention of Malaysian Animal Welfare Association founder Mukunnan Sugumaran, before it was taken down.
Mukunnan, who spoke to the witnesses, said there were about 20 men at the scene, but when they began recording, some hid behind trees while others stayed behind to continue eating.
"The witnesses spoke to the men and were told that it was a norm for them to have two to three dogs or cats during a feast," he said, adding that the group of men lived at a nearby oil palm estate.
The witnesses and Mukunnan reported the incident to the Sungai Buloh District Police HQ and the Department of Veterinary Services (DVS) on Aug 28.
"We also asked that DVS exempt cats and dogs as consumable animals as it is currently not against the law to consume them," Mukunnan said.
The association also urged their followers on social media to make similar reports to push authorities to investigate the case.
Kelvin Raj, one of the founders of Dogs of Denai Alam, said he suspected the case could be related to reports of stray dogs found with severed limbs early this month.
"It is possible that traps were placed to catch the strays, and the dogs we found could have been victims," he said, adding that the current case was about 3km away from Denai Alam.