Wednesday, January 20, 2010


What will happen if an animal, be it a cat, a dog, a cattle, a goat, a buffalo or even a wild pig, a snake, a civet was knocked down and killed by a vehicle here in Malaysia?

Many things could and have happened. Through my many years of driving on Malaysian roads, be it on the highways, federal roads, state roads, or farm roads, I have noticed the following scenarios:

I was driving on a stretch of rural road somewhere in Kuala Berang on my way to investigate a possible Hemorrahgic Septicemia outbreak. I saw a freshly dead buffalo lying by the roadside. I stopped and saw that familiar signs - blood oozing out of the natural orifices and that swollen neck area. I then moved on to see more animals in front. Found a few more dead cattle on the filed.

I stopped and did a PM examination on two of the most freshest carcass. It was indeed HS. With enough samples for lab tests, I quickly drove back to my office.

Reaching the earlier spot where the dead cattle was, I was flabbergasted to see only the head, skin and bones were left. The meat was all taken by someone and I was not the least surprised if it was sold on any of the many meat stalls along the roadside.

The second scenario involved a huge wild boar that had been knocked down dead by a passing lorry along that famous straight road in front of MARDI station in Gebeng.

The carcass was left to rot in the hot sun for days. Only on the fourth day someone covered the carcass with a heap of earth. Much later the whole thing was bulldozed farther from the road.

The third scenario - a ten-foot phyton was instantly killed when a speeding motorcar ran acrros it as it was slithering across the road in the still-misty road.

A car then suddenly stopped. The driver emerged bringing with him a knife. He was soon engrossed in the act of skinning the snake. After getting the skin, he just left the remains on the road. Soon there was nothing left of the snake. It was flattened to oblivion as more vehicles trampled on it.

The fourth scenario - a sadder one. A cat, like many other domestic cats, suddenly dashed across a busy town road. As it reached the middle of the road, it again suddenly turned back and ran to its original place. It did not make it. A car braked hard as it ran over the cats lower back.

The cat ran across carrying its badly mangled back crying in pain. Passers by did not anything to help. They just watched in agony. The cat suffered easily for hal an hour before it finally breathed its last breath.

Cattles have been known to be knocked by vehicles. Many human lives have been lost through such accidents. But as soon as a cattle is knocked down by a car, suddenly nobody will claim it as his. If before, the stray animal is considered by its keeper as a walking ATM, but now it is just a rubbish, useless. How ungrateful!

As a comparison, I have seen a young American lady bringing back a mangy and broken-legged puppy that she found in a drain to her father back home.
The puppy was operated on by her father who happened to be a veterinary surgeon for a whopping US$10,000. Two years later she again came back to Malaysia, this time bring with her a lovely mongrel that someone left to die in the drain!

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