According to Kwong Wah Yit Poh, a restaurant is alleged to be selling dog meat going as low as RM25 per portion. The eatery is said to be operating in Kampung Baru Broga, Negri Sembilan.
It was brought to light when Lee Jun Hau, a pet groomer from Seremban attempted to expose the restaurant on Facebook. He uploaded several audio recordings and pictures of dogs held in cages allegedly taken at the restaurant.
In the post, he said that one of his friends had gone to investigate at the restaurant and talked with the owner. They admitted that they were selling dog meat although it was not always available and many other types of bush meat too, including squirrels, porcupines, hedgehogs and rabbits, and was rumoured to have crocodile meat as well.
In a report by The Star, Lee also brought reporters from several newspapers to the restaurant on Wednesday but they were told that the dogs had been sold.
“It is more likely that they had ended up as someone’s meal,” he said.
Based on a receipt sighted by the reporters, the restaurant used the code “Three Six” to refer to dog meat. Three multiplied by six is nine, which has a similar pronunciation as “dog” in Cantonese.
He said that he shared the post so that other people can be aware of this issue and also hopes that the authorities will shut the place down. He added that the owners of the restaurant do not sound like they are locals and wants their business licence to be revoked.
What makes this sadder? Animal Welfare Act 2015 (Act 772) does not prohibit the killing of animals, including dogs and cats, for human consumption. And to make matters worst, under the Wildlife Conservation Act 2010, an individual can only be charged for selling exotic animals as pets if he or she is found to be in possession of the animals.
The government does not regulate dogs and cats the way it does other livestock, so their meat does not fall under the food hygiene or meat sanitation laws and is not subject to controls at the source, nor is it tested for human consumption.
In a report by NST, SAHABAT Alam Malaysia (SAM) believes the consumption of dog and cat meat should be prohibited in the statute. Dogs and cats hold a specific place in Malaysian society as companion animals and eating their meat is offensive.
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