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Thursday, May 7, 2009

Dog Eat Dog

This is a disturbing post simply because it's more than just an idiom. This is an actual event happening in a small fishing village in Malaysia just as I write this post. The idiom "Dog eat dog world" signifies a world in which people fight for themselves only and will hurt other people. It means that you must first watch out for your own interests, because other people will be watching out for theirs.

The story on the plight of a group of 300+ stray dogs in Pulau Ketam that were shipped to another uninhabited island without food or fresh water source first broke earlier this week by Malaysia Central. The villagers of this small fishing village claimed that the stray dogs were becoming a problem - defeceating everywhere and even attacking children. Their solution was to capture these dogs and ship them to a nearby uninhabited mangrove island, left to die because there are no sources of food or fresh water.

The main press, including the Star newspaper later picked up this story. See "Plight of the swamp dogs", "Rescue Group Swings into action", and "Dog runs deeper into the island on seeing rescuers". Animal activist Sabrina Yeap who went to the island to rescue the dogs said that some of the dogs have died of starvation while others drowned in their attempt to swim back to Pulau Ketam. It was also reported that the surviving dogs had resorted to eating the carcasses of their dead counterparts. I guess these dogs did what they needed do to survive.

It is a sad day indeed to see how cruel humans can be.

13 comments:

Joey said...

That is a horrible thing those people did to those dogs, who through no fault of their own were born into this world. So, so cruel. We were happy to read that some humans are trying to rescue the remaining doggies.

Your pals,
Joey and Zeke

Sapphire said...

very sad.

Fred said...

So sad! We can only hope that one day things will be better.

Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Yes -

It made Mom sad like the story on Dog Town a few weeks ago about the dogs from Ethiopia...

One day we khan only hope 'humans' like this receive the same kind of treatment...

Hugz&Khysses,
Khyra

KEY WEST COLLIES said...

That is a sad story.

Dog Speed

Essex & Deacon

Momo said...

I am cross about what was done to the hundreds of dogs! So cruel. Just hope as many dogs as possible will be rescued by people with good mind.

Maggie and Mitch said...

This is just so horrible for all of those poor doggies! Shame on those hoomans!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Gennasus said...

It's hard to believe this could be allowed to happen!

Kathryn and Ari said...

Oh, Kess, that story is just too sad. What will become of the surviving dogs?

Martha Basset said...

Kess, thank you for this post. It is dreadful and to be honest there are times when our parents feel ashamed to be humans!
It can be a very cruel world.
Take care
Martha & Bailey xx

happy said...

We were very upset too when we heard that. Think those who dumped them there should be the ones abandoned on that island. Hope all the dogs would be rescued.

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Life With Dogs said...

I wish I had not read this - but thank you for making me aware. What utter torture.

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