Save The Horses At Melinsung Ranch, Sabah

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Scenes of starvation and death greeted tourists who signed up for horse riding on the beach while enjoying their holiday in Sabah, Malaysia.

The tourists had visited the Melinsung ranch located 20 mins South of Kota Kinabalu to sign up for the activity. What they found left them sickened. Starving and weak horses, some unable to stand, were kept in dirty paddocks and stables in and around the ranch. The horses had skin diseases, open wounds and infected sores, and there were reports of many dead and dying horses.

The tourists reported the distressing scenes to the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) in June 2007. Photos of the sick animals, posted on a forum in New Zealand, also reached WSPA, which quickly contacted its member society, the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), Selangor, based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to pressure the authorities to do something about the situation.

The SPCA reported the problem to the Department of Veterinary Services (DVS) in Sabah through the central DVS in Kuala Lumpur. The DVS enforces Malaysias animal protection law, and visited the horrific site in June 2007 (and a follow up visit January 2008), and decided it would simply monitor the case and work with the owner to improve the conditions of the horses. The owner of the Ranch is Datuk Abdul Ghani Rashid, ex-Mayor of Kota Kinabalu. When the DVS visited the ranch in June there were 70 horses. Now latest reports from SPCA Representative Sue Quek, state that There are only around 30 left and animals are still suffering and dying.

The SPCA was hoping the horses would be confiscated, and offered its help. But now SPCA officers say theyre devastated nothing appears to have been done, and the animals were apparently being offered for sale.

SPCA has urged DVS Sabah to act quickly to alleviate the suffering of the pitiful horses and push for prosecution, says Christine Chin, SPCA Selangor Chairman.

Sue Quek said: “The DVS has the power to confiscate animals from owners and to prosecute for animal cruelty under the CRUELTY TO ANIMALS (PREVENTION) ORDINANCE (Sabah Cap.31) 1968 law that says it is an offence to cause ‘unnecessary suffering’ to animals. In July 2007, the SPCA stood by with resources and skills to save these horses and rehabilitate them and send them on to loving caring homes. But our offer was not taken up.”

We heard in January 2008 that the horses were in a worse condition, more were dead and others that couldnt stand were being sold for meat. We believe the DVS provided feed for the horses but it appears very little improvement in their condition has been achieved, says Dawn Peacock, Member Society Manager for WSPA.

We have heard that DVS Putrajaya visited the ranch recently and that DVS Sabah are in the process of removing the horses, but we have not received official confirmation from them. We hope that DVS Sabah will act to confiscate the remaining horses quickly, to prevent more horses from suffering and death any more delays in action would result in a tragic loss of innocent lives. We certainly hope that DVS will prosecute the owner of the Ranch for causing unnecessary suffering. continues Quek.

This case once again highlights the SPCAs campaign to increase the penalty for persons found guilty of animal cruelty. The Animals Act 1953 states that a person guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to an animals will be fined RM200.00 or sent to prison for six months or both.

A fine of RM 200, whilst princely in the 1950s when the law was introduced, is paltry by todays standards and is not a deterrent, even if it was charged for each animal in a case such as this. We have been lobbying the Government to increase the fine and jail sentence, and also impose lifetime-bans on pet ownership for persons found guilty of animal abuse, Chin added.

Source: http://www.spca.org.my/horse.htm

another animal cruelty case…cant just treat them well?

This case once again highlights the SPCAs campaign to increase the penalty for persons found guilty of animal cruelty. The Animals Act 1953 states that a person guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to an animals will be fined RM200.00 or sent to prison for six months or both.

A fine of RM 200, whilst princely in the 1950s when the law was introduced, is paltry by todays standards and is not a deterrent, even if it was charged for each animal in a case such as this. We have been lobbying the Government to increase the fine and jail sentence, and also impose lifetime-bans on pet ownership for persons found guilty of animal abuse, Chin added.

RM200 :shock: … no wonder no immediate action taken to save the horses…

Very obvious that I think the owner is not going to do anything…becoz the penalty is so light that he might just get away with it… :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:

sekurang kurangnya USD 20GigaMegaKilo

The owner of the Ranch is Datuk Abdul Ghani Rashid, ex-Mayor of Kota Kinabalu.

In Malaysia, such a person is immuned from prosecution.

terrible… :evil: luckily our government wont allow this kind of animal treatment… and theres a heavy punishment…

Im just not sure if money is the right way to help in this case… cause as u told, money is not the real problem… :?

kesiaon those horses…i mean horses arent cheap but yet the fine is only rm200…cuba la make it 200K.this kinda scenes is really pain for the eyes…even seing a skinny stray dog already kesian…wat more to say those beautiful horses.

while the fine of 200 rm is considered a meager amount nowadays. still there is no assurance that the offender will be deterred from committing the offense of Maltreatment or Cruelty to animal, granting that the fine will be multiplied by ten times etc.

However, if the offender will be locked up in the horse paddock as a punishment instead of imposing fine, he will think of a million times before committing it. :lol: :lol: :lol:

the immunity from prosecution applies only during incumbency in office. thus, cessation from office terminates immunity or it means vulnerability for law suit. :slight_smile: :slight_smile: :slight_smile:

merely my opion

d rich n influenced ppl can buy d law…
u wont see tis in local news

[quote=“haroldz”]d rich n influenced ppl can buy d law…
u wont see tis in local news[/quote]

haroldz

would you mean that the country is not governed by the rule of law but instead by the rule of money? anyway, malaysia is not alone, even in our legal system such thing happens. However, here we have a group of pro bono lawyers who are willing to fight for the rights of the pauper victims or ligitants.

thanks for info.

good day.

miri, now in sabah… sigh… y r humans so heartless???

may be because of greed. they have to take it away as part of culture or moderate it at least