300 starved and 13 died- Petknode

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Tue, 06 Sep 2011 04:54:25 GMT | By Muna Noor, MSN News

Outrage over cats starved at “pet hotel”

Malaysians are abuzz in anger over the alleged starving of cats kept at two pet boarding premises. We run through what happened, the reaction from the various parties (on Twitter & Facebook), and how you can act.

 

 

WHAT HAPPENED

The New Straits Times, a Malaysian newspaper, reported that about 200 cats and a dog were rescued from a pet boarding premise in Damansara Damai and another in Sungai Buloh. The animals were alleged to have been starved.

The Damansara Damai location was identified as the Petknode Cat Boarding centre. On Sunday, over 20 pet owners forced their way into the premises after failing to contact the centre’s operators. To their horror, they found 12 dead cats and many others in a dire condition.

About 100 cats and a dog were saved from the Petknode Cat Boarding centre in Damansara Damai. At the Sungai Buloh location, another 100 cats were found and liberated that day itself. It is understood that the animals were left at the pet boarding premises for the lengthy Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Merdeka Day break.

Petaling Jaya City Council mayor Datuk Mohamad Roslan Sakiman ordered the Petknode Cat Boarding centre to cease operations immediately over the pet-starving allegations. “They have been operating without permit since January last year as their permit expired on Dec 31, 2009. Even when they had one, it was meant only to sell cat food,” he was quoted by The New Straits Times as saying.

Authorities are looking at stern legal action against the owners of the centre

Extracted from and all credit goes to: http://news.malaysia.msn.com/regional/article.aspx?cp-documentid=5236764

 

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Wed, 27 Jun 2012 04:19:22 GMT | By Amirul Ruslan, MSN News

Petknode verdict out tomorrow

September starved pet scandal still fresh in pet owners’ minds

 

 

In September last year, a scandal erupted upon the news that 200 cats and a dog kept at pet boarding premises in Damansara Damai and Sungai Buloh had been allegedly abandoned and starved over the Hari Raya holiday period.

Anger over the treatment of these pets led to the mobilization of anxious pet owners and animal lovers to rescue the pets kept at the Petknode Cat Boarding center. Over 20 pet owners forced their way into the premises, having been unable to contact the operators. There, they found 12 dead cats and many others in a dire condition.

The pet owners’ actions led to the rescue of about 100 cats and a dog from the Damansara Damai location, with another 100 cats found and rescued at Sungai Buloh.

Outraged Malaysians expressed their anger at Petknode using online social media. Facebook groups called for the centre’s operators to be punished, and tweets tagged #petknode trended in Malaysia.

 

Extracted from and all credit goes to: http://news.malaysia.msn.com/regional/article.aspx?cp-documentid=250320335#page=2

 

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This scandal has gone national and made talk shows:

 

Or view the video on the server at:
http://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/petknodebekfas.flv

 

Owners are distraught. See the stats:

 

Or view the video on the server at:
http://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/catabusepetknodepc.flv

 

 

Celebrities are outraged. Very important to watch this:

 

Or view the video on the server at:
http://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/petknodeb.flv

 

 

See the conditions of the cats. This video shows you what happened to the animals in this ‘boarding centre’:

 

Or view the video on the server at:
http://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/RescuingCatinPetknode.flv

 

 

 

 

Please Everyone,

Be kind to all animals. Be kind to those who are without speech and are vulnerable. Cruelty to animals is ‘nurturing’ cruelty to yourselves. When you are cruel, the world will be ‘cruel’ to you. Be kind to animals who have not harmed you but only been exploited. Be human. Be with feelings. Have empathy. Nothing wishes to suffer, be hungry, be in pain. Never contribute to pain of any human and animals.

Teach your children to love all, be kind and caring to all that live. Do not imprison your children with thoughts of cruelty.

I thank all those who are kind and compassionate to others. I thank those who rescued the animals.

Never be cruel to animals.

Tsem Rinpoche

 

P.S. Go to the comments below and let everyone know how you feel? What are you going to do? How will this be shared with your friends and children? How can we prevent this?

Anyone who gets the verdict of the Petknode owners, please post on comments below.

 

 

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84 Responses to 300 starved and 13 died- Petknode

  1. tsemtulku on Jun 27, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    How do you feel after reading this and watching the videos? What are your thougths? What are you going to do? TR

  2. Sofi on Jun 27, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    At the human level, we should extend our kindness and compassion to the animals as they too experience pain & suffering. On the spiritual level, we will probably be an animal in our future lives and what if we are the ones being abused? Better collect the merits of loving and compassion now, to not have to suffer the pains in the next lives.

  3. Li Kheng on Jun 27, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    Terribly disturbing! This type of behavior shows that people have reached a level of ignorance and self-cherishing that they actually show zero appreciation and respect towards another life. This shows the attitude of “life is cheap”. In this case, the beings involved are cats and a dog. However, from my understanding of reinforcing karma, our “couldn’t care less” attitude and action can strengthen and, before we know it, we could not care less about another human life as well. In fact, some would argue that we are already at that point where we no longer cherish the precious human life. From this incident, I, once again, see the importance of Dharma that teaches us to act virtuously with motivation to benefit others. If we could put ourselves in other people’s shoes, I trust that we would choose and act differently. Thank you Rinpoche for this post.

  4. Sheryl KH (JB) on Jun 27, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    I knew about this case last year when this incidence happened and this shocked me. I am amazed that this pet hotel (although run illegally) could do this even though they know well that this is their business. Worst is that animal lodging is not cheap, they clearly just take their money and forget about their responsibilities

    After having known Rinpoche, I learn to slow down my pace and am more careful to animals, including those I personally don’t quite like, such as cats. I try to do whatever I can to help animals in need. For instance, I know an elderly woman in my neighbourhood who has been keeping dog, perhaps out of loneliness and want to have a being to keep her company, but who unfortunately does not take good care of them. A while ago, she euthanized a dog which she thought was beyond rescuable. I was a bit late in reversing the situation, as she took this action too fast. Sometimes later, she takes in another dog, I swear that I will do my best to take care of this dog so every weekend I will go to her place to check on the dog, giving her some basic cares while keeping the old lady for a while. I help her bringing her dog for grooming, as I know she will not do it.

    I have mentioned to her about karma, but she is not receptive. Her mind is close and so I can only do the best I can.

    The society as a whole needs to express more kindness towards animals. I believe strict regulations are good, although ultimately many things need to come from our hearts. Education is important, from parents and the social media. I believe too pet businesses shouldn’t be too money minded, as they are dealing with living beings, those who can be so loyal to us, those who do not harm but offer endless unconditional cares.

  5. william on Jun 27, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    It takes so long for the verdict to come out. But treating animals in this inhumane way is damn right cruel. No one should ever do this to any being who are helpless and could not express themselves verbally.

    The Petknode owners are greedy, cruel and should be banished from dealing with any animals. Let’s hope that the verdict will serve some justice to the pet owners who have suffered so much. I really feel sad for the cats. The conditions of the cats are so bad that even a non-animal lover will feel for them.

    I will share this to as many people as possible so that all are aware that animal cruelty should be stopped!

    • william on Jun 28, 2012 at 7:05 pm

      It is s unfair that they are fined a mere RM6000!!! Is Justice served? We have to change the laws so that animals will be protected. The 13 cats died in vain and the other 300 cats suffered so much. SO your part. Take this survey to make a difference.
      http://research.dvs.gov.my/survey/index.php?sid=56159

  6. Kevin Tan on Jun 27, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    We think we are the most intelligent specie on earth and that gives us the right to abuse species below us. This status and right are merely conjured up by us as an excuse to abuse other species. The documentary, Earthlings’ is a fine illustration of our abuse against our own true nature. Cultivate well to accord ourselves to our true nature. Only then we will find animals are also spiritual beings just going through animal form.

  7. Su Ming on Jun 27, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    It is so disturbing to see how anyone can actually treat animals in such manner. Petknode is a paid boarding place. Owners pay RM 300 for 10 days of boarding and the management has the cheek to say that they lack manpower. Where did the money go?

    But what I find it more disappointing is Malaysia animal act in the country. It was mentioned in one of the video above that the government has not increase the penalty of animal cruelty to RM 100k. Therefore, I check the current fine and it is ONLY RM 200. No wonder, animals are badly treated in Malaysia and abusers get away with it so easily.

    Check out this website,
    http://stopanimalabuse.petfinder.my/
    It has more stories of animal abuse in Malaysia, some recent.

    I will sign the petition to increase the penalty and meanwhile will find ways to get the government to accelerate the revision in the animal act.

  8. Girlie Ooi on Jun 27, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    It is so sad to watch those felines barely alive after having been starved over the holiday season. To think that the shop owner could just lockup their premises and leave those poor things behind with no one else to look after them. These animals were in cages – there was no way they could fend for themselves. How irresponsible of the shop owner to behave in this way.

    They only had a trading license to sell cat food and that had expired before they took the animals in for boarding over the holiday season.

    I would think that those people do not have a conscience to start off with. We are talking of hundred of lives at stake.

  9. Siong Woan on Jun 27, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    Shame on those who left the poor helpless cats unattended!! Don’t they have a heart!?

    What did they had in mind? Like those cats are robots – can switch off power supply n just leave them aside?? Switch on again at their convenience? I am totally disappointed with humanity! I hope they get the heaviest punishment by law and karma will get to them… Soon

    Without social media, most of us would not know this is happening. Hence this is a good example (sadly at the expanse of those cats) of how Social media work! Good things will spread easily, BAD news spread like wild fire.

  10. Karen C. on Jun 27, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    Can you imagine when you see your child in childcare centre being treated this way? When a human being especially a child is mistreated, all the empathy, anger and frustration arise and we would do something about it. However, when animals are being neglected or abuse, we usually do not do much to save them simply because animals cannot speak for themselves and ask for help. Animals do have emotions like fear, anxiety, happiness etc. Animal cruelty is definitely a serious issue. I think by stopping animal abuse, we are able to stop violence against people. We should not be selective on being nice, if we can be nice to the people around us, why not animals?

  11. Joe Ang on Jun 27, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    The operator of PETNODE should be taught a very heavy lesson for cheating, being irresponsible, cruelty toward animals and making lame excuses!!! Unfortunately, the animal cruelty law in Malaysia is not that stringent yet. A new animal cruelty bill will only be tabled out some time later. They are getting away easy this time…. :( I do hope they sincerely regret their action and start doing a lot of good deeds to make up for their negative actions.

    Many has done this and got away for the longest time. Not anymore… Thanks to social media, good and especially bad news like such, spreads like wild fire these days. We should also do our part and expose things like this if we happen to chance upon it. Do not keep quiet, because it will only allow these evil people to continue getting away. >(

  12. Helena Chin on Jun 27, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    OMB!!! This is very very disturbing news. How can these people so cruel and irresponsible on their business??? And is ridiculous that they wants to sue the public by breaking in the shop!!! What a joke! They took people’s money and did not take care of their pets, for me my 2 pets are my family. I totally understand how the pet’s owners felt. If i were them i will gone crazy!!
    A pet shop with no compassion shown, geessss! Actually there are many animal cruelty happen in Malaysia and i think government has to really be aware of this issues. We have to also share these news to create awareness, especially on social media to stop animal cruelty.
    In another hand we have to also teach and educate the children to love and to be kind to the animals. Thank you Rinpoche for the post.

  13. Sock Wan on Jun 27, 2012 at 10:56 pm

    This is completely unacceptable, the management of the animal boarding justify their behaviour by saying it was due to a shortage of staff. Greed for money causes this tragedy to happen. Cats are animal, but this does not mean they can be treated this way. It is important to educate people that this behaviour is totally not acceptable. If these people can treat the animals this way, most likely they will treat human beings the same way.

  14. Yoke Fui on Jun 27, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    It is utterly irresponsible of Petknode to operate a pet boarding house and neglected its duty in such inhumane manner.

    Even if the owner had treated the boarding house purely as a business, not out of love for animals, he had failed as a businessman.

    In this part of the world, cases like this usually would just be hushed up and forgotten. I’m glad that this has gone public . Yes, if we believe that all beings deserve care and loving kindness, we should make this go VIRAL !

  15. Grace Leong on Jun 27, 2012 at 11:14 pm

    It’s such a surprise how the pet boarding centre owners/staff cld sleep thorugh the week when they were away on Raya break , without any conscience or thought for the cats they abandoned in their centre . Why do they choose to do this “business” if they have no love for animals ? It amazes me on the extend of animal cruelty that can occur in this time and age . Or maybe that’s why we are in the degenerate age . Human have become super materialistic and totally uncompassionate ! 300cats at rm300 makes 90000 !! That sum surely sounds profitable for 10days job …… All animal boarding centers or even pet shops should be checked regularly . There must be stricter laws and controls on a regular basis . Spot checks etc should be done . So such places cannot hide behind nice websites and “made up” reviews . It’s similar to childcare centers . In this country we have had several tragic accidents in such centers where babies are hurt or even loose their lives over irresponsible acts of the caregiver . Animals and babies are equally important . They are helpless and vulnerable and hence should be loved and cared for. Children too should be taught and nurtured from young to love and care for animals . My children will most definitely practice this . And with more awareness through all forms of media , people must STOP animal cruelty !

    • Julia Tan on Jun 28, 2012 at 2:12 am

      Dear Grace, I like your comment. Many have no love nor even like the animals but taking care of the animals can be extremely easy because they do not complain. As long as they are still alive when they were picked up. They will save all the food and care taker’s salary in order to make much more.
      Educate the kids will be the right way to go.

  16. Lim Han Nee on Jun 27, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    I look at the badly malnourished cats in the video, so scrawny and on the verge of dying. They had been beautiful cats before. Did they survive the ordeal of such heartless treatment? My heart goes out to these innocent beings who never did anyone, including the Petknode owners, any harm. Such callous cruel behavior cannot go unpunished. Will await anxiously the verdict, tomorrow, on the Petknode people. If they get away lightly, there will be more justified outrage. Shall spread awareness of this case of vicious animal cruelty around on Facebook and among friends,after tomorrow’s verdict.

    I have personally rescued 5 stray cats which we have adopted as pets.The 5th and youngest was discarded and left to die when she was hardly a week old. (So cruelty to animals is nothing new as one of the celebrities said in an interview).We had to nurse her very carefully because she was so frail and fragile; her life was hanging on a thread.I named her Zoe after my Tibetan Refuge name. Today she’s the most rumbustious of my cats.

  17. Paul Yap on Jun 27, 2012 at 11:30 pm

    Im very angry hearing these news! What kind of human are they? Dont they also have their loves one? The cats and dogs is like one of our nearest kin, imagine these selfish lazy cruel people starved them to death? They deserved life sentence!

  18. lewkwanleng on Jun 27, 2012 at 11:36 pm

    This is indeed very terrible. Like what HH Dalai Lama said, “If you cannot be compassionate to others, at least do not harm others”.

    I myself is not an “animal person” per se, but what I learnt is that being kind to animals is very powerful because animals cannot say thank you in return (unlike when we kind to a person, we can expect some favour in return).

    As to this incident, while we blame the shop owner for mistreating the animals, I think the owners should take part of the blame too. From the video, this incident happened during a long holiday and many pet owners left their pet in this “hostel”. I have a question, if they are really kind to the pets, why not bring them back to their home town? Can they get their friend to take care, instead of just trusting some unknown shop owner? I am not trying to defend the shop owner, but the I think the pet owner need to reflect too.

    There are many pet owners that I know, when the pets are cute, they play with them, spend time with them, but when they are not cute, they just leave him aside or give it away to someone else or just dump them. There are pet owners who stay in condo, and when they are not allowed to have them in the condo because they make noise, etc, they just give them up.. As a responsible owner, may be they should check out if they are allowed to have pets in their premise, and if they can’t why not move with the pets?

    I will post this news onto my Facebook wall and friends wall, and post it in other forums to create awareness. Pets are friends, not just another handbag…

  19. Irene Lim on Jun 27, 2012 at 11:39 pm

    Petknode must be out there to make fast money and are not a responsible organisation who really care and like animals. They are cruel and irresponsible, great shame Petknode! They do not have a licence in the first place. How dare they accept pets and money from owners and not take responsibility.

  20. Pastor Susan on Jun 27, 2012 at 11:45 pm

    This outrage brought together many animal lovers and humans who stood for the rights of animals and thanks to social media, animal lovers quickly got together to form FB sites to create awareness. Howelse can we quickly spread the news other than social media!

    If Petknode owners are found guilty (which by the way they pleaded guilty) they will face a maximum of six months’ jail, a RM200 fine, or both for each offense upon conviction. This is absolute, ridiculous punishment for such cruelty.

    Petknode verdict will be out tomorrow. http://news.malaysia.msn.com/regional/article.aspx?cp-documentid=250320335

    Please everyone leave your comments on this blog as thousands visits daily and this can serve as a platform for people all over the world to know what has happened, what can be done and to create more awareness. As you can see, our malaysian law at the moment is not strong and this will not deter people from committing such cruelty. We must do all we can so this does not happen again in our country.

    • DR on Jun 28, 2012 at 12:07 am

      A RM200 fine for all that cruelty and sufferings caused to so many lives??? Even a simple traffic offense imposes heavier penalty! No wonder pet shops are mushrooming. I heard from several animal activists that stray dogs are classified as rodent hence killing them is legal. OMG! The activists have been protesting for years yet the law remains unchanged. Does anyone reading this know anyone who can help improve animal rights law??

      • Pastor Susan on Jun 28, 2012 at 4:25 am

        In regards to the law, here’s a statement by Dato’ Sri Khalid bin Abu Bakar. My malay is not that great and is an attempt to translate it for the benefit of readers. Please forgive me if my translation is not entirely complete or accurate :

        Statement by the Chief of Police, promising to the necessary attention to this matter

        Dato’ Sri Khalid bin Abu Bakar on behalf of the police force wishes to express that they understand the feelings felt by the owners of the victimized pets.

        To date, the police have received 74 responses about this case involving Petknode. Necessary attention will be given towards this case as well as befitting lawful actions enforced on Petknode who failed to provide services as promised.

        Cases involving mistreatment of animals are usually investigated by the Department of Veterinary (JPV). Many other countries have put in lawful acts to protect animals. The police force is not denying that it’s time to revisit such acts involving animals in this country. The police will work together with JPV in regards to this matter.

        The police will assist pet owners to locate their lost pets which are still alive and urge any animal rescuers who have rescued the pets to return the pets to JPK Selangor or to the police department

        KENYATAAN TIMBALAN KETUA POLIS NEGARA:
        POLIS BERJANJI MEMBERI PERHATIAN SERIUS
        DAN MENGAMBIL TINDAKAN SEWAJARNYA

        8 September 2011 Bukit Aman – Dalam memberi respons kepada kes yang melibatkan Pet Hotel “Petknode”, Dato’ Sri Khalid bin Abu Bakar, Timbalan Ketua Polis Negara ingin memaklumkan bahawa pihak polis memahami perasaan pemilik-pemilik kucing yang terlibat.

        Sehingga kini sebanyak 74 laporan polis telah dibuat oleh pemilik kucing dan disiasat oleh JPV. Walau bagaimanapun, pihak polis berjanji akan memberi perhatian serius terhadap kes ini dan tindakan undang-undang yang sewajarnya akan diambil ke atas pemilik kedai “Petknode” yang tidak dapat memberi perkhidmatan yang telah dijanjikan.

        Pihak polis mengakui bahawa pada kebiasaannya kes yang melibatkan haiwan termasuk penganiayaan haiwan di Malaysia adalah disiasat oleh Jabatan Perkhidmatan Veterinar (JPV). Walau bagaimanapun, kesedaran hak-hak asasi bukan sahaja kepada manusia malah untuk haiwan telah meningkat dan banyak negara lain juga telah mula memberi penekanan berkenaan kes penganiayaan haiwan. Oleh yang demikian, pihak polis tidak menafikan sudah tiba masanya akta-akta sedia ada mengenai haiwan harus dikaji semula. Pindaan yang bersesuaian selari dengan arus kesedaran ini adalah perlu. Pihak polis akan bekerjasama dengan pihak JPV dalam perkara ini.

        Dalam pada itu, pihak polis akan membantu pemilik kucing terlibat untuk mendapatkan kembali kucing yang masih hidup. Pihak polis ingin menyeru sesiapa yang telah mengambil mana-mana kucing atas alasan menyelamatkan kucing tersebut supaya menyerahkan kucing terbabit kepada pihak Jabatan Perkhidmatan Veterinar Selangor ataupun pihak polis.

  21. Aunty lilian on Jun 27, 2012 at 11:49 pm

    These people are truly irresponsible and cruel. They must be taught a lesson.life is precious whether it is beings or animals.

  22. PhillisChin on Jun 27, 2012 at 11:50 pm

    I feel TERRIBLY DISTURBING ><!!!!!! All these year, Malaysia Animal act not doing well, AT ALL. Not like others country, abuser will REALLY caught and face the punishment. Why am i say that? Because there should be a NEW ACT to animal abuser THIS YEAR 2012,abuser will face a fine of up to RM100,000 and a jail term of not more than six months under the Animal Welfare Act to be tabled in Parliament. But it seems nothing happen yet. And this is why, a petition has begun.
    This link is announcing the New Act in Malaysia 2012 for cruelty to Animal last year 2011.

    http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2011/9/5/nation/20110905195205&sec=nation&utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

    I will definitely spread this petition out through social media to urge everyone to sign. And if necessary, i will print out the petition and ask people to sign.

    • PhillisChin on Jun 28, 2012 at 12:10 am
      • Pastor Susan on Jun 28, 2012 at 1:14 am

        Thank you Phillis. Petition helps to get the word out there.

        We are in for a big surprise if we think that such social ill behaviors are only restricted to people who causes harm towards animals and has nothing to do with us (referring to those who are not crazy about animals) If you are NOT an animal lover, this message applies just the same for you. Think again for the safety of your children, loved ones, friends… Animal abusers live in our neighborhoods, goes to the same school as our children. It’s time to take this matter seriously and do all we can to STOP THEM.


        Research indicates that animal abusers are 5 times more likely to be violent in society. When they are not punished, they continue their abuse on children, women and society at large. Consequently, Governments all over the world have begun to take animal cruelty seriously by imposing punitive cruelty penalties and have encouraged Responsible Pet Ownership.

  23. Grace (KSJC) on Jun 28, 2012 at 12:36 am

    What a sad news to show the cruelty of human.Just because we thought that we are “wiser” so we can do what ever we like towards animals which never have chance to complaint. Imagine one day if we become animal, do we like such treatment?stop to plant the seed of cruelty, being kind and compassionate to other first.

  24. nicholas on Jun 28, 2012 at 12:51 am

    How in the world that they treat the animals in such a way? Totally unacceptable with the excuses of resources!!! It’s so irresponsible. It’s so heart breaking and they can just abandon and let them starve to death.

    If they really cannot take care of them then don’t harm them. Keeping them and not attending to them is call torture.
    So disturbing. Imagine if this happen to us that being trap and without food? If we don’t like to be treated as such so do the animals.

    We must have compassion towards the animals because they can’t tell us in our language what they like and dislike. So be more caring and loving to them.

  25. Martin on Jun 28, 2012 at 12:57 am

    Often we think of cruelty towards animals as a violent act that serves to inflict physical harm on to the animal but in reality one of the greatest abuse is unwittingly denying them of their freedom to move (e.g. caging them up all the time) and treating them with sheer neglect. The unfortunate incident at Petknode has brought some of this abuse to the limelight.

    However even more needs to be done by neglectful owners of dogs and cats. There are people with so many cats that they cannot to adequately care for them. As for dogs, I have seen more than my fair share of “pet” dogs who are chained up 24/7 or kept in the cage all the time. The only attention some of these pets get are the funny noises owner make as they pass the cages.

    I know of a family who seem to be decent people and yet they have a pet dog whom they profess to love and yet, is chained up permanently in the open. They feed the dog with leftovers in take away boxes brought back from the restaurant where they have their dinner. The dog doesn’t get to eat every day. What is truly heart breaking is how happy the dog is to see them when they return.

    Petknode is the tip of the iceberg of what human beings do to animals. My guess which I hope I am wrong is that in a year, this incident will be forgotten.

    There ought to be enforceable laws at the Federal level and a real enforcement body to mete out adequate punishment to animals abusers. But then again, can we regulate cruelty or kindness?

  26. JP on Jun 28, 2012 at 1:33 am

    It’s very disturbing to see what crooks the owners of Petknode are. Using animals as means to earn money and not taking care of them is way too inhumane. We must all do something to pressure the government to amend laws to punish those who abuse animals.

    This is the link to a survey conducted by The Dept of Veterinary Services Malaysia to develop the Animal Welfare Bill 2012. Deadline for submission is 30 June 2012. Please pass the link around to your friends and get them to complete it. http://research.dvs.gov.my/survey/index.php?sid=56159

    All of us combined can make a difference!

  27. Wendy Loh on Jun 28, 2012 at 1:33 am

    :-( It is very disheartening to see pain and cruelty inflicted on animals just because it can be done! The positive thing (if I could use such words) that came out of it is that people are responding. A huge public outcry spread throughout the nation. Social media platforms are fully utilized to create more awareness against animal abuse. People are speaking up for those who can’t. People are stopping acts of brutality against the weak. And for starters, treat every animal stray or domesticated with love and respect. Educate others about animal rights. Find out where the nearest animal shelter is located. Ask what they need. Volunteer. Be a part of the solution. Love animals. Love mankind. Love yourself. _/\_

  28. Doreen Teoh on Jun 28, 2012 at 1:51 am

    This is what happen when the main concerns is always making money…profits. Apology and sorry is how they response. I hope the owners will realise.

    The cats and dogs that suffers the condition at petknode, has create agood cause for a realization to the public. Om mani pedme hum… May they have a swift rebirt.

  29. Lim KH (JB) on Jun 28, 2012 at 2:47 am

    Om Mani Peme Hum for the cats and dogs, for the died cats and dogs hopefully u may take a good rebirth and can meet Dharma in future. The operators should not just be fine and jail, they need to punish to do social works like take care of old folk, take bath with them, throw their soil to generate their compassion.

    We should going to join the petition and spread it out through social media to create the awareness for more peoples again this cruelty action.

  30. Tenzin Losang on Jun 28, 2012 at 4:27 am

    I’ve read quite a lot about this case in the papers. The owners of Petknode claim to be animal lovers but what they did and their negligence proved otherwise. It was probably due to greed that they decided to take in more pets than they can care for. Even if found guilty, the laws in our country only provide light punishment for such offences. The government should change this. Animals deserve better treatment. I hope this case will not be swept under the carpet and forgotten after a while (this is a typical Malaysian habit).

  31. Victor Phang on Jun 28, 2012 at 6:59 am

    Dear Rinpoche:

    I read about the news last year right after Hari Raya long holidays. Many cat owners and animal lovers came out and condemned the pet shop owner. If I remembered correctly the reason given by the pet shop owner was he could not get enough workers during the long holidays. What an irresponsible excuse!!!

    He only had 2 outlets and if really did not manage to get enough manpower then at least he himself can feed the cat once a day. I believe that was not difficult at all since cat would not complain about the taste of the food and I’m sure they would eat whatever cat food that given to them.

    No matter what that is no any excuse or valid reason to act cruelly to any being. Together we must educate everyone regardless race, culture and religion; if they are Buddhist then may explain from Dharma point of view, if not just share with them why being vegetarian is good from health care perspective. Encourage more people to become vegetarian, as it is the basic requirement to stop cruelty to any being.
    Thank you and take care.
    With love,
    VP

  32. MayOng on Jun 28, 2012 at 8:50 am

    The basis of negligence of animals or any living beings for that matter is ABUSE, CRUELTY and DON’T CARE attitude. Even if we are not animal lovers or keep any pet at all, there is no basis to mistreat any living beings that way, like starving them. This is due to selfishness to fulfill their own selfish wants and not need.

    Petknode should be fined RM100K to show to others we can protect cruelty to animals and enact it by law. We should use the power of social media to highlight these cases to bring shame to such people publicly. Otherwise they may not feel it.

  33. sf on Jun 28, 2012 at 9:55 am

    I think i would first ask, how many of the pets were abandoned there by their owners? Before everyone targets their anger to the shop keepers, perhaps the pet owners are the ones who should be held responsible as well. I suspect most of the 200 pets were starved because their owners abandoned them there & also probably didn’t pay the shop to continue feeding them? I haven’t read or watched the videos yet but sounds like only 20 owners have stormed the shop so where are the rest of the owners? Also, wouldn’t you first check out the boarding place conditions before sendig your pets there? I wouldn’t be too happy to see 200 animals under one roof and wonder about the quality of care they’re getting. Anyway, just saying…blame shouldn’t be all heaped on the boarding house owners.

    • SJA on Jun 29, 2012 at 9:18 am

      SF,
      First of all, the pets were not “abandoned” by their owners. They were “boarded” for a few days TEMPORARILY in the hands of the people that they TRUST.

      Secondly, why i say “trust” is because Petknode has been operating quite some time & have gained a lot of trust and loyal customers, including myself. Previously, they have a very good service & they have maintained their place quite well. In fact, during my cats’ boarding, they have MMS-ed me their photos everyday & kept me updated.

      They even have TWO RESIDENT CATS at the shop, which had made many to believe that they too are animal lovers.

      Thus, good words spread & they have gained quite a reputation among pet owners.

      Third, some pet owners left their own food at Petknode so that Petknode could help to feed their cats. Payments are made full before Petknode accepts any cats to be boarded. I have told that customers came to board their cats did not see any cats cramped up at the place, initially. My guess is they started to cramp the place up when the last day of operation (a few days before Raya, I suppose). Anyway, during this incident last year, it was found that Petknode not only keep the cats in the shop, but also in their VAN AND A HOUSE. Police have raided both and managed to retrieve more.

      What Petknode SHOULD DO was, make a limit of the number of bookings & boardings, according to their resource (space & workers), not taking ALL. It is a common sense of people doing business, provide ONLY WHAT YOU CAN AFFORD TO GIVE to your customers. Not empty promises, and surely NOT DEAD CATS.

      FYI I didn’t board my cats during this incident, but I checked the place out that day & followed their press conference a few days after.

  34. patsy on Jun 28, 2012 at 10:44 am

    Abusing and treating animals and they can get away with just a fine???

    Treating the animals in such inhumane ways is so cruel. How irresponsible the owners are? All the animals are undernourished and locked up. They would have been burnt to death if a fire occurred in the pet center. The Petknode owners are so greedy, operating without a license and thinking only for commercial gains without a thought or care for these animals. So many lives are in their hands and they have this irresponsible attitude!

    Yes, we should make this go VIRAL! Let us be the voice for these animals who can’t talk or ask for help!

  35. tfreon on Jun 28, 2012 at 11:55 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for sharing this news.
    1) How i feel
    - The pets owner: when they went for Happy holidays, did they ever call the pet shops? Did they really check the pet shop properly? Or they only look for the cheap price? (in the news some said yes, the shop looks good- i doubted.) If they really treasure the pets. They will not go for Cheapskate non license shop. They will check and research more. The boarding services was charge for as little as RM3.95 a night
    - The pet shop owners, does he know he involved in murdering the animals? Or, did he regretted? From his statement, he was not regretted, even threaten to sue the people who broke into the shop.
    - The audiences, the person who criticize what have they done? Sue the owner, asked Malaysia law to tighten up the FINES, what are the outcomes? Or end up talking emotionally and forget about it as time goes by?

    2) What am i going to do? How i share with friends?
    -Am blasting this news to friends using CAUSES, Facebook, googles+
    - Another Happy Holiday is coming, HAri Raya, am going to remind people who have pets to be more mindful
    - My own cats, take them home / look for my regular pets hosp to lodge them there / asked friend who not go back home to help in feeding/ Put food and water a lot more / come back earlier.

    3) How can we prevent it
    - Currently i will used social media and verbal (chit chat) session to request friends to spread this news (please don’t repeat again this Coming Holiday)

    Latest news: 28 June 2012 http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/petknode-owners-let-off-with-rm6000-fine-no-jail/
    - The two owners was fined RM 6000. RM 200 fine for 30 charges- after leaving 30 cats starving, dehydrated,covered in faeces .
    (The 13 cats which die.. no news, no fined!)

    • SJA on Jun 29, 2012 at 9:36 am

      Dear tfreon,

      Petknode has been operating quite some time & have gained a lot of trust and loyal customers, including myself. A few years back, they have a very good service & they have maintained their place quite well. In fact, during my cats’ boarding, they have MMS-ed me their photos everyday & kept me updated.
      They even have TWO RESIDENT CATS at the shop, which had made many to believe that they too are animal lovers.
      Thus, good words spread & they have gained quite a reputation among pet owners.

      On normal days, Petknode usually charge quite an expensive amount to board a cat for a day (can’t remember the exact price, sorry – maybe RM15-RM20). The RM3.95 was considered as a “promotion” price and I think with Petknode’s reputation, pet owners didn’t give much doubt or being skeptical about it.

      I was told that the customers actually did call Petknode from time to time for updates, but they couldn’t be reached. They began to worry, but they couldn’t do much as they were out of town. They came to the petshop as soon as they came back from Raya and that is how this incident started.

      If I’m not mistakenly recall during the press conference last year, (pls correct me if i’m wrong) they informed that Petknode is licensed, but it is licensed as “shop that sells pet stuff” not a “pet-boarding service shop”. And during the incident, their license has expired & they did not renew it.

      What Petknode SHOULD DO was, make a limit of the number of bookings & boardings, according to their resource (space & workers), not taking ALL. It is a common sense of people doing business, provide ONLY WHAT YOU CAN AFFORD TO GIVE to your customers. Not empty promises, and surely NOT DEAD CATS.

      FYI I didn’t board my cats during this incident, but I checked the place out that day & followed their press conference a few days after.

    • SJA on Jun 29, 2012 at 9:38 am

      Btw, Petknode owners were charged for thirty cats just because only thirty reports were lodged. The fact was there were MORE THAN ONE HUNDRED CATS being left to starve to death in that small shop. Not only that, police had found ALMOST A HUNDRED MORE in their van & their house.

  36. Cindy on Jun 28, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    I read about this news last year. After that I told my brother about the new ’cause he own 2 dogs.He use to travel overseas alot, he’ll leave the dogs to his maid, but usually every day after I’ll go over to his house to keep an eye on his maid, see how she treat the dogs.
    “For my opinion, don’t impose fine, just put them in jail for many many years ’cause its just like murdering.

  37. Pastor Ngeow on Jun 28, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    Animal cruelty is more widespread than we think and not only confined to incidences of abuse in pet homes as highlighted here etc.By far the worst and most deplorable examples of animal cruelty in terms of numbers are those animals being bred or kept for human consumption.See video ‘ Earthlings’ in this blog and you will be shocked at what is going on behind closed doors.
    The petknode owners were fined RM6,000 for starving 30 cats. No fines for those that died. Neither was there any penalty for operating without a permit. Our society is lacking in spiritual values. If we are having some sense of peace and security it is mostly because we have laws and punishment if we break them.However, without true ethics and taking responsibility, even laws and punishments cannot stop cruelty. All of us are to be blamed when there are acts of cruelty . Even the owners who did not check properly the home they are sending their pets to. By sending pets to pethomes already is a pushing away of responsibility to others.Continuous education and creating awareness of acts of cruelty and gross irresponsible actions is one major way to impact people to stop doing stupid things and to trigger the goodness in people’s conscience.Social media is one super way to do this. I am doing it and hope everyone see the immense reach and effectiveness of it.

  38. Phil on Jun 28, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    Dear all, the verdict is out and it is outrageously disappointing but expected. Both Petnode owners were fined with a mere RM6000, total of 30 charges. Each charge RM200 ONLY.

    The Animal Act is really useless in this sense. What difference the animals have with us humans? Don’t we all have lives? Whatmore the animals are speechless and incapable of speaking up for themselves, but we human beings still treat them like dirt.

    The Animal Act must be ammended immediately to ensure better rights for the animals. Let’s ride on this Petnode case to fight for the animals. Spread the word, share the news so everyone around the world will be aware and so to put pressure on the authorities to look into this matter immediately.

    Below is the news article of TheStar regarding the verdict.

    Pet centre owners fined RM6,000 for animal neglect
    By TERENCE TOH

    PETALING JAYA: Two owners of animal care centre Petknode, who pleaded guilty to 30 counts of animal neglect last year, have been fined RM200 for each charge.

    Magistrate Elena Hong Tze Lan said she could not sentence them to prison time as she was bound by Section 44(2) of the Animal Act, which states that offenders must be given a chance to pay a fine before being sentenced to prison time.

    Shahrul Azuwan Adanan and Yushairi Khairuddin, both 29, had been charged under Section 44 (1)(d) of the Animal Act 1953.

    Many pet owners and animal lovers, who had gathered at the court, were disappointed with the sentence, with several in tears and yelling at the two accused as they left the court.

    (Source http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2012/6/28/nation/20120628102246&sec=nation)

  39. Pastor Susan on Jun 28, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    It’s incredible! I’m speechless that the Petknodes owners are let off. Please do not forget how the hundreds of animals were left wondering without any care, no food, no water, some escaped the premises and the many heartbroken pet owners. Now we are to forget about it and let such cruelty go? Don’t you think more will be engaging in such cruelty because the society seems to be ok with it? Are you ok with this? Please spread the word around if you are NOT… that’s the least we can do.

    http://www.nst.com.my/top-news/petknode-owners-let-off-with-fine-1.99261

    PETALING JAYA:Animal lovers shed tears and a few shout profanities at the two owners of Petknode who were let off with RM200 fine for each of the 30 charges of neglecting pets left in their care last Hari Raya holidays.

    They had previously pleaded guilty to the offence and were sentenced this morning. The duo paid a total fine of RM6000.

    Angry pet owners expressed their shock and anger that the duo, Shahrul Azuwan Adanan, from Batang Kali, and Yushairi Khairuddin, from Port Dickson,were let off with only a fine.

    Magistrate K.B. Elena Hong Tze Lan said she was bound by the provisions in the Animal Act to allow the duo to pay a fine over a jail term.

    Affected pet owners indicated outside the courtroom that they were looking at taking civil action against Petknode.

    Read more: Petknode owners let off with fine – Top News – New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/top-news/petknode-owners-let-off-with-fine-1.99261#ixzz1z4L9r7Qe

  40. Judy Lam on Jun 28, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    This is a typical case of animal cruelty left in the hands of pet boarding places. While we leave it to the law to take care of the owners of these two pet boarding places, we should also ask ourselves why these incidents should happen. If all pet owners treat their pets as their children, would they leave them behind when they go for holidays? It is because the animals don’t talk and complain that we think we can just decide for them. Having pets is like having children, we must take responsibility because lives are at stake. Even if one has to leave their pet behind, they should check the condition of the boarding place before putting their pets there. I am sure there are some boarding places that are professional but may cost more.
    Promoting vegetarian meals and taking part in animal liberation are some of the ways of promoting kindness to animals. In this borderless world we are in, each of us can play a role in creating awareness and promoting kindness to animals to our friends and get them to support the cause too.

  41. abby F on Jun 28, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    12只猫猫的性命和百多只猫猫的惨痛经历,店主的冷血,不负责任,不守承诺和罔顾生命——原来这种种恶劣的行为,完全与人类精神背道而驰的行为只值马币6000块这么一点臭钱。如果你说世界很可怕,没有错,因为我们在最基本的尊重生命的基础上,就彻底的失败了。尊重生命,是世界和平的最根本精神。我们做不到这一点,还谈什么和平呢?我们就算做到人与人之间的和平,大自然呢?

    大马还有很多人需要被教育,如何爱护和保障动物的权益。只有落后国家的人才会如此蛮横,不把动物放在眼里。继续教育大众吧,广传出去这个讯息。自己做好榜样给身边的人看。从茹素开始,到照顾路边的流浪狗和流浪猫。从社交媒体开始做,用文字和图片去感染所有人,唤醒大家心中的悲心。这绝对不是什么华而不实的文字,而是我本身也深受文字的影响。我一直都相信文字的力量。

  42. lucy yap on Jun 28, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    I extremely hate animal cruelty!I don’t understand why people do it.Animals are living,breathing creatures and they can feel pain too.If we treat humans as some people treat animals,how many would be hurt mentally and physically?It doesn’t matter what animal it is,,it must stop.No one has the right to hurt animals,it makes them cowards as animals can’t care and defend for themselves.People who are cruel to animals should be sent to jail.

  43. deborah on Jun 28, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    This has come to our attention because it has made the news. There are many incidents out there that we know nothing about- so much more cruelty to animals. The petitions are helpful but I think each person needs the courage to speak up when we see any form of abuse, to try and prevent it.
    There use to be a dog catcher near my house as I was growing up and he would kill stray dogs very cruelly. There was once an incident just in front of me but I was too young to do anyhting and sadly my grandmother was afraid to get involved to stop him. I still remember that horrible scene quite vividly.
    That same man died a very horrible death, homeless, diseased, living off scraps of food wherever he could find. It’s the price he paid for the horrible things he had done. Strangely enough he refused any help from anyone prefering to live and die like that. Maybe it was his way to make amends.
    In any case each person needs to speak up and act against any form of cruelty and that action will spread, like it has now.

  44. verontung on Jun 28, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    这真的是人神共愤的事!最后的判决只是个区区RM6000的罚款???!!每一个小生命真的是只是值得那一个RM200?这国家也真的是太可怕了吧!

    店主的冷血与不负责任为每一个饲主带来了多少的痛苦。看着那些成功被救活的小动物们,真的于心何忍?它们有做错了什么吗?

    很多时候会听见身边的人说,这些有人照顾的小动物真的是好命。但有时想深一曾,它们不是好命,而是如果被善待的话,它们的生活可能是会过得比较好。好命的话,就不须肚子饿或口渴要人来喂了而饿肚子。
    我认为饲主真的是在送小动物们去任何的pets boarding hotel前须要先查清楚或透过相熟的朋友介绍评价好和可靠、有责任的店主。我总觉得,这不是一门生意,而是有义务去照顾很多生命的一份任务,并不是只是有钱就可以解决的。

  45. June Tang (KH-JB) on Jun 28, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    It is sad to see pain and cruelty to this animals.The owners realy greedy,cruel and irresponsible,they are no right to treat those animals like that,must give them heaviest punishment!!Please be kind to all animals!!

  46. ericchoong on Jun 28, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    天啊!现今这个社会己经慢慢的变成这种现象。泠血,没有人性,无情和没有则任感。
    其实相关这类似的情况,全世界每天都在发生。。。但是都可以避免的。不过,现在这个情况
    使到许多爱动物的人士都感到气愤。这简直是谋杀生命。
    现在,店主才用六千元就把事情结束吗?我看了都心寒。。。如此草率,我个人认为应该判这些
    店主去动物庇护所去劳改,判罪坐牢。。。。我们一定要把这信息发出去,让多人去关注。
    希望更多人得到醒觉,找回良心,一起去把爱散发出去。

  47. Li Kim on Jun 28, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    If they did not have the resources to house the cats then why take in the cats…DUH! This is classical of GREED! Complete mismanagement… Cheating to be exact. Did they think that animals’ lives are less important and precious?? Very bad…

  48. EricLee KHJB on Jun 28, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    有没有搞错,这么没有人性的事情都做的出,现在的社会到底怎么了?人们为了自己的利益,而做出那么冷血的事,只想到自己,而没有想到要尊重其他的生命,难怪现在的人会面对许多问题。所谓的和平,其实都必须建立在彼此互相的尊重,能站在彼此的立场去想,这样大家就能和平相处,世界才能和平共处。如果能从教育方面来着收手,尤其是佛法得教导,我相信在不久的时间内,我们就能看到它的不同。

  49. Leann Lim on Jun 28, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    看完这些影片后,真的觉得很悲愤,也感受到宠物主人的痛苦。人性竟然可以如此冷血,实在接受不到店主说:我们人手不够等等的一大堆烂理由!!这是关乎生命的问题,但政府也允许罚款少数的金额,就可以让那冷血的人逍遥法外,为他的不责任拍拍屁股就可以走人。看着那些伤心的饲主,感觉到‘天理何在’啊!!

    这突然让我想起,以前在槟城也是有一摊卖SATAY的,在人们发现那个肉质怪怪之后,查出在后巷发现很多猫皮,他是卖猫satay的…听到也觉得恶心,后来也是听说用一些钱就草草了事!!同样的,如果这是一间育儿中心,被饿死的是婴儿的话,那人们还会是同样的反应吗??这不是一门生意,或是钱的问题,而是懂不懂得尊重生命!!

    唉, 我们真的要正视动物虐待这课题。除了要加强法律效用,起到‘恐吓’作用 ( 可能需要更多人民之声,让当局觉悟),还有就是对小孩子的教育,让他们培养从小爱护动物之心,家里可以养些小动物,即使他们不喜欢某些动物也好,至少教会他们不可伤害它们…

  50. Milly on Jun 29, 2012 at 1:25 am

    One would never imagine that such atrocious conditions exists in a so called boarding place for pets. Such greed for money by the operators that they subject and “torture” these innocent cats to such an appalling state. Cold and cruel feelings and not even a tinge of compassion in their hearts. Besides the pain these cats went through, eventually its these people who will pay a heavy price due to the law of karma of cause and effect. Sad that they are ignorant of the result of their cruelty and greed.

  51. Jutika Lam on Jun 29, 2012 at 1:42 am

    Really cannot believe that this tragedy happened, it is so sad to see all these cats and dogs suffer and then die out of hunger. What i think the owner should have done is to say that he did not have the money as well as the manpower to take in so many pets instead of just taking a lot of pets and end up starving them to death. Another of my thoughts is that if the owner had demanded an immediate pay then why did he have no money to buy food?

  52. justin cheah on Jun 29, 2012 at 2:12 am

    It is not surprising tat this ‘tragedy’ have caused an outrage from the public and not to mention animal lovers. It is very irresponsible of the owner of this Pet Hotel – Petknode. They were paid to take care of the animals even if its a long holiday. That is why pet owners will give them business because Petknode accepted the responsibility to take care of the pets in return on fees.

    I believe this is also negligence from the Petknode management to have gotten themselves in hot soup. It is imperative that they have the integrity to safeguard their clients’ welfare, in this case the pets.

  53. Han on Jun 29, 2012 at 2:27 am

    太没有人性了!难道动物的生命不值一文而可以随时被剥夺吗?最气恼的莫过于既然以资金不足而造成这样的结果,太不负责任了。。。
    有赖社交媒体的功效而带动了很大的效应回响,引起大众甚至明星支持和关注。这么多猫的生命才被罚款马币六千,太便宜了那店主了。
    希望这事件可以启发更多人对动物的爱与关怀。

  54. Lim Tat Ming on Jun 29, 2012 at 2:43 am

    Petknode Cat Boarding centre was paid to take care of the cats by their owners. These operators had not only cheated the cats owners of their money, they had also killed and starved the innocent and lovely cats!

    What kind of people are those who operated the centre? How cruel and inhumane they were to starve the 300 cats and caused the death of 12 cats. Karma will catch up on them!

    The irony is why nobody knew that the centre had been operating without permit since their permit had expired in 2009? The authorities should step up their checks on unlicensed operators and only issue licenses to those who really have the interest of cats in their hearts.

    Cat owners should be more careful in choosing the operators of such pet centres.

  55. Uncle Eddie on Jun 29, 2012 at 9:37 am

    It indeed was outrageous and said to be heartbreaking for the animals lovers in which justice should be done for the animals and its lovers in Malaysia. A severe deterent punishment should be shown and seen to be done. “There’s no justice for abused animals” said welfare groups and pet owners. Undoubtedly, all are awaiting and looking forward for the comming welfare bill which could offer harsher penalties of RM50,000- fine, a year in jail, or both.

  56. SJA on Jun 29, 2012 at 9:56 am

    The court has decided to only FINE them RM6,000 (means RM200 for 30 cats).

    Please be reminded that they were charged for thirty cats just because only thirty reports were lodged. The media did not emphasize the fact was there were MORE THAN ONE HUNDRED CATS (and a dog) are left to starve to death in that small shop. And there are more…… ALMOST A HUNDRED were found in the Petknode’s van & house.

    For those who questioned about why the pet owners did not check the boarding place before sending their pets to Petknode, or being “responsible” for this incident by “neglecting” the pets wellbeing at the shop, below are my response.

    First of all, the pets were not “abandoned” by their owners. They were “boarded” for a few days TEMPORARILY in the hands of the people that they TRUST.

    Secondly, why i say “trust” is because Petknode has been operating quite some time & have gained a lot of trust and loyal customers, including myself. Previously, they have a very good service & they have maintained their place quite well. In fact, during my cats’ boarding (a few years back), they have MMS-ed me their photos everyday & kept me updated. From this, one can judge that they actually have an intimate relationship with their customers. It is not a surprise why they have so many regulars.

    They even have TWO RESIDENT CATS (which later was also abandoned – sigh) at the shop, which had made many to believe that they too are animal lovers.
    Thus, good words spread & they have gained quite a reputation among pet owners.

    Third, on normal days, Petknode usually charge quite an expensive amount to board a cat for a day (can’t remember the exact price, sorry – maybe RM15-RM20). So, at a point, most of customers believe and consider them as “professionals”, hence, the trust. The RM3.95 was considered as a “promotion” price and I think with Petknode’s reputation, pet owners didn’t give much doubt or being skeptical about it.

    Fourth, I was told that the customers actually did call Petknode from time to time for updates, but they couldn’t be reached. They began to worry, but they couldn’t do much as they were out of town. They came to the petshop as soon as they came back from Raya and that is how this incident started.

    Fifth, some pet owners left their own food at Petknode so that Petknode could help to feed their cats. Payments are made full before Petknode accepts any cats to be boarded. I have told that customers came to board their cats did not see any cats cramped up at the place, initially. My guess is they started to cramp the place up when the last day of operation (a few days before Raya, I suppose). Anyway, during this incident last year, it was found that Petknode not only keep the cats in the shop, but also in their VAN AND A HOUSE. Police have raided both and managed to retrieve more.

    Sixth, I don’t know about others, but bringing my pets to travel is really stressful for both myself & my cats. Even a 15 minutes trip to the vet can be a nightmare. Please be reminded that not all public transport (eg. train, bus) allow pets on board. Even hotels too don’t allow pets in their premises. So please don’t judge pet owners that board their pets as “irresponsible”.

    What Petknode SHOULD DO was, make a limit of the number of bookings & boardings, according to their resource (space & workers), not taking ALL. It is a common sense of people doing business, provide ONLY WHAT YOU CAN AFFORD TO GIVE to your customers. Not empty promises, and surely NOT DEAD CATS.

    FYI I didn’t board my cats at Petknode during this incident, but I checked the place out that day & followed their press conference a few days after.

  57. su an on Jun 29, 2012 at 10:27 am

    I feel much sadness for the cats and dog who were put into that situation, at the same time feel a little bit of hope that there is such big response from the public on this. It shows that people in Malaysia are more and more concerned about and recognise animal rights, and change is coming. I like how in the second video the host said “put the ‘kind’ back into ‘humankind’”, obviously being kind to animals is inherent in human and is something humans can do and differentiates us from animals (and there are many many stories of how animals can show kindness as well… so what is the difference now?)

    Social media played a very important role in publicising this news. however what we can do doesn’t stop at sharing and liking, but to lead by example – become vegetarian, teach our children, parents, family, friends about being kind to animals, carry pet food in our car to feed strays whenever we see any, support or sponsor animal shelters, lobby for animal rights, comment on online news portals, comment on the youtube videos, comment on authorities blogs/twitter, write in to the newspapers, sign the petition http://stopanimalabuse.petfinder.my/petition_546.htm#SIGN.

  58. SJA on Jun 29, 2012 at 11:51 am

    To those who are interested on what had been said by Petknode & their lawyer as their defense, please read this link.

    https://www.facebook.com/notes/shah-dolores/fakta-yg-diputarbelitkan-oleh-petknode/372948332768309

    It’s in Bahasa Malaysia, my apologies. But I hope Google Translate could do some help.

  59. jennifer on Jun 29, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    i’m totally distraught at the treatment these poor cats received. the people who owns Petnode should be severely punished. ‘sorry’ ‘regret’ is not going to bring back the lives of these 12 cats, and not going to heal the pain of the cats’ owners.
    If i’m not mistaken, the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act was passed in 1953 and now almost 60 years later, this Act is totally outdated. Just a slap on the wrist , a minimum fine , suspended jail sentence is not going to deter anyone from repeating the same abuse over and over again.
    A new bill was supposed to be passed mid last year to increase the fine to a maximum of RM 10,000 and a jail sentence of 2 years but somehow the whole bill fizzled out.
    i know that SPCA, PAWS, and MDDB are all trying very hard to reactivate and push this bill through .We , animal lovers, must voice out our concern on this and be active in pushing the bill through. we can write to the media, contact the various animal organisations to offer our assistance, and educate the people around us to be kind to animals. Animals have feelings too !

  60. wei theng on Jun 30, 2012 at 4:23 am

    It is very disturbing to read about this, especially when I get to know that the owner got away with RM6000.

    Animals are living beings too. They are ALIVE! How could they treat the animal like this? Furthermore, Petknode has collected money to provide the service to house the pets. They are fully responsible for the pets. It is really irresponsible to just say “We do not have enough man-power.” If Petknode does not have enough man-power, they should not accept so many cats and not just get all the pets and want to make money.

    This brings up the current issue of animal cruelty. I just read about some Zoo are treating the animal badly too. (http://www.sinchew.com.my/node/252306?tid=1). I also always heard about pet owners neglected their pets when the pets grow old, sick or just not so cute because they have grown up.

    It is the awareness that we should create so that people will be NO TO CRUELTY!
    I am going to support by creating the awareness, eg through FB and join the petitions and survey.

  61. Ron on Jun 30, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    Such cruelty & irresponsibility is totally unacceptable. More so when the penalties are only mere Rm200 for such offense. How much does one life worth? These people had acted out of their selfishness & greediness for their own benefit & took away innocent lives. I hope the authority will be more stern in their punishment against the offenders of such actions. Many of us are not capable to such cruelty towards animals. However, while we are still enjoying eating meat will not make us any less quiltier. Think about that!

  62. June Kang on Jul 1, 2012 at 11:36 pm

    Watched the vidoes, I asked myself how much i care about animals. I don’t harm animals but I seldom care about dog or cat at the road side. From here, I realize that even I feel that Petknode’s owner is cruel but very fast I would forget the issue.

    Therefore, from now onwards, I am going to care the dog and cat at the road side even though I am scare of dog. Also I am going to find article on how to take care of animal and post it through social media to educate myself and others.

  63. wah ying on Jul 2, 2012 at 12:46 am

    Yes, it’s disturbing to take animals to boarding hotel and found your pets were neglected and some died of negligence of weeks long.

    The fine is not justified with the harm caused. The animal hotel owners are guilty, and it’s time for Malaysian law and regulations on stopping animals cruelty to be reviewed.

    The law not only should increase the punishment, amount of fine to any party acts cruelty towards animals. At the same time the law should covers aspects of local authority to inspect animals boarding hotel, pet shops and any pets/animals related business regularly, to make sure everything is adhere to law.

    Pet owner should always set a good example for others. If you have pets, be sure to always show them the love and good care they deserve. And it’s more than just food, water, and adequate shelter.

    For Petknode case, as a owner should investigate carefully before board your pet to any pet hotel and if possible we should bring our pets together if there is no better choice.

    Be a stop animal cruelty “police” by always observing and look out for the animals in our neighborhood. When there is any animals abuse incidents then we can call to report animal cruelty.

    We should fight for the passage of strong anti-cruelty laws on federal, state and local levels by joining local NGOs, such as SPCA.

    On owners’ or citizen’s part, education on how to treat animals should be done starting from home and school.

    We could always fight for heavy punishment to punish those involve in animals cruelty, but educational is equally important in order to create an animal loving society.

    Most importantly, as parents we should educate our kids about how to treat animals with kindness and respect. We could talk to school administration to insert animal loving program to school activity or syllabus.

    We regularly see children in homes where animal abuse has been reported. As parent we should make children understand that animals are living creatures who have the ability to feel pain, joy and sadness. And we as parent should treat the family’s pets the right way also.

  64. adrian chow on Jul 3, 2012 at 12:46 am

    It’s terrible for the owner of Petknode who runs the business in this manner, sorry for them whom fail to realized the word “Compassion”. Stacking the confine cages on top of each other. I am truly sorry for those who lost their pets due to the selfish action of the Petknode owner. Really sad. We should be more compassionate towards other living things because we have choice, we are learned, intelligent and be able to make a choice of what is right and wrong.

    Sorry again to those who lost their pets in the hands of the selfish Petknode owner. But do you know every night there’s also thousands of chicken is also caged, stacked and waiting to be slaughter. Are there a difference between a life of a cat and a chicken?

  65. Low ksjc on Jul 4, 2012 at 12:22 am

    For anyone who want to operate a pet boarding house , they should be knowledgeable in caring for the animals and most of all must love animals. If they do not love pets then they should not be in this line. For owner of pets,they should only leave their beloved pet to reputable pet boarding house if not those that their friends would recommend with good tract record, as if they would look for a baby sitter for their own child .
    What Petknode did was very wrong as they were overcome with Greed as it was very profitable but Irresponsible towards those helpless pets under their care by totally neglecting their basic needs “Food and Water ” They should be punish by law for their action, and the charge should be murder !

  66. Kathleen on Jul 4, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    They were only fine RM6k??? I was hoping that they would be in jail without food and water for at least 3 days to make sure the same treatment that they have made to those innocent cats. Malaysia laws on Animal Rights sucks big time.

  67. So Kin Hoe on Jul 7, 2012 at 12:03 am

    Dear Rinpoche,
    I truly feel that the pet owners were really upset about the incident and so do i. The way Petknode acted in this case is like committing a crime in an open day time. The Petknode owners took their responsibility lightly on the cats and never even consider if the cats were going to be starved before they left the shop for a long Raya holiday. As we are also sharing to live in this world with other sentient beings, we can buy a packet of animal food, bring along in our car and feed those stray animals we meet at the road side. We just have to make one step away from our comfortable zone to bring many many care and love for the stray animals who are speechless, always in the state of hunger and unprotected.

  68. Julia Tan on Jul 9, 2012 at 9:45 am

    Oh my! Where are the humanity? Poor helpless cats, it is so disturbing to see the animals being treated in such away!

    Even if you are a pet owner, please treat your pet well! They are lively being who deserve a fair treatment when you take the responsibility to own them. Please take good care of animals & love animals.

  69. Leu Chong Hin (KH) JB on Jul 10, 2012 at 12:18 am

    每個生活著的生命都是難得可貴。世界的空間是那遼闊,人類應該讓小生命有生存的空間。每個生命活著是短暫及有限,所以,盡我們的能力好好愛護它們。

  70. Julien Roth on Oct 24, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    This is crazy, what kind of people would do such a thing to pets like this. First they take the money and say they will take care of the pets, then they probably did not use the money for the animals. Instead, they let the animals starve. And some of the pets DIED. This is terrible.

    Things like this in the world has to be stopped. Please, anybody who is reading this comment now, BE KIND TO ANIMALS. Show them love, care and respect. Thank you for sharing this story with us Rinpoche.

  71. beatrix ooi on Oct 26, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    This is horrible. This shows that they don’t take life seriously. How can they do this to the innocent cats?! It’s such an inhuman action. More people should know about this in order to create awareness. I must ask my friends to see this. Thank You for sharing Rinpoche.
    Love,
    beatrix.

  72. Sean Wang on Nov 19, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    This is so bad. I feel so sad for the animals who suffered by being starved. If I could I would buy a piece of land so that these pets will have a place to stay while their owners are away and not instead, starve in a “pet hotel” that has uncaring caretakers.

  73. Jutika Lam on Feb 19, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Oh My Buddha!!! How can such a thing happen?

    When I saw this on the news I was totally shocked because I never expected that such a bad thing would happen to 30 innocent cats!

    Really why would a Pet Boarding Center do such a thing and then when the owners are complaining all they say is we are sorry , we did not have the money… wait, the owners said they paid for both boarding as well as food so why couldn’t they have went and buy food for the cats since they had already been paid for the food costs?

    Even though I don’t have a cat neither did I know that Petknode existed I am also angry at the owners of Petknode for taking in more pets than their limit thus bringing the death toll higher still. How could they have garnered so much trust from pet owner and yet they went and abuse their trust by starving the cats to near death.

    I am surprised that the charge for both the pet shop owners are so low and cheap. How can one learn a lesson through such a small fine? Is one cat starved so close to death only worth RM 200 and how about the money customers paid? Don’t the customers get any refunds? I also heard both owners had 3 months of jail sentence…. for 30 starved cats 3 months is wayyyyyy is way to little.

    I believe that the Malaysian Government should take strong action on cases like this as well as the Laws For Animal Abuse should be more stern as well as more severe…. hopefully another case like this will never ever happen again.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.

    Love
    Jutika

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  • the truth revealed
    (Friday, Apr 25. 2014 09:24 AM)
    Having said again, the ordination of pastors? is it the followed the christian way of having pastors and priest for which rinpoche is the head of the buddhist such as pope ? another way to confuse the people of other faiths in buddhism? baby baptism- the catholic church and the church itself has been practise baptism thousand of years ago and founded by St John the baptist> now is it another way to confuse and pull people to buddhism? why dont kechara have their onw way to do their own rituals? Having said..now ripoche seems to be very fascinated with red indians protectors and their way of worship..is he going to baptise the protectors into buddhist or kechara protectors? or he is tackling them to preach buddhism and to confuse them as they are the most vulnerable tribe in america? talking about proselytising? ask yourself of all these questions?
  • the truth revealed
    (Friday, Apr 25. 2014 09:18 AM)
    to all readers of the blog and so called pastor david lai..thanks for the wonderful and thoughtful comments of yours..Proselytise? who proselytise at the first place? is it you or the whole community of yours? little wa known about you but you seems too do not respect the faith of your parents and yet you are confusing them and lead them to buddhism..correct? it seems you do not respect yourself as a person and the faith of your parents that brought you up as a catholic but you chose to become a buddhist just because you lost sense of direction? Many of the kecharians indeed were not buddhist but was lead by many of you which includes the owner of the blog and convert and proselytise them to buddhism..what a wonderful idea it is. A motivation and strategy that tackles and attack the vulnerable ones who seems to be sad, soggy and lost sense of direction and the ones being abused-instead of respecting their religion, you lead them to buddhism. So having said do you honor their faith? and their beliefs? You preached and convert them incessantly into buddhism and shows how beautiful are but have you ever think all religions are beautiful too? is it a part to gain funds and monies to build the empire of kechara where the milions can saved many lives instead of building buildings to vacate more people to buddhism-the so called center of conversion? I have seen through rinpoche’s facebook and he indeed has posted pictures of Jesus ascending to heaven but a UFO spaceship was above His head? what does that mean? again blaming on the artist instead of himself who seems to agree whatever the world tells him without realsing the truth and find it by himself? Again, Jesus a vegetarian with Bible verses for which nothing was relate to buddhism. Hence posting pictures of Jesus in buddhist sandhana and you tube videos of HIm as a monk? can you proof it that Jesus really a monk or just a motive or a hidden agenda that wish to convert and confuse Christians into buddhism? all the intellectuals and wisdom of rinpoche purely base of worldviews? That is call respect?
  • Erickksiow
    (Friday, Apr 25. 2014 03:23 AM)
    We have a simple choice, with all the efforts, love and resources so many of us has put into Kechara all these years, DO WE WANT KECHARA TO MAKE IT OR NOT? Do we want all our work to be wasted? If not, we must with good heart and mind continue and make Kechara grow. Do we want our guru to grow, reach more and love us and we love him? Do we? If we do show it by action in consistency and success. — Much Care, — Tsem Rinpoche
  • Erickksiow
    (Friday, Apr 25. 2014 03:22 AM)
    The Medicine Buddha Hill {MBH} project was conceptualized by our spiritual guide, His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche to aid and benefit us in our spiritual journey. The MBH project will be a part of Kechara Forest Retreat situated in the heart of Bentong, Pahang, Malaysia. – https://www.medicinebuddhahill.com/home/
  • the pacifier
    (Thursday, Apr 24. 2014 08:38 PM)
    Indeed another round of deleting my points and my message and left the ones that are just nice for everyone to see and watch. Im not here to cause any troubles nor create any conflicts but somehow rather the admin of teh blog indeed seems to be unfair and treated the ones who wanted to post the blog with their truthful comments for which for which i myself personally saw and witness. How about ask rinpoche to post blogs about Jesus as a vegetarian and a so called monk in a christian website hence perhaps a blog..see what is their reaction? Again rinpoche do not and did not encounter Jesus personally or having an intimate relationship as the christian are and yet he can posted Bible verses which rinpoche felt those verses relate to11 buddhism? since when the bible relate to buddhism?
  • Pastor David Lai
    (Thursday, Apr 24. 2014 02:17 AM)
    Dear Dwayne Johnson, the pacifier and Vincent Tan,
    With all due respect to you guys, please respect Rinpoche’s blog and do not have unnecessary misunderstandings here. This comment section was setup to “share your opinions, thoughts and feelings about whatever interests you”. Please use it wisely to share your thoughts and opinions constructively and I would advice you guys to share your opinions about the posts that Rinpoche posted if you truly respect Rinpoche. If you obsessively post things on a particular religion or master, you are proselytising. If you post once in awhile to share something universal and moving, that’s alright. But to proselytize here, that’s not particularly respectful especially if its from a different faith from Rinpoche’s. Yes, Rinpoche do regular posts things on masters and practitioners from various faiths because he is broadminded and wishes to share the universality of spirituality. This should not be used as an excuse to proselytize on his blog. This is not hard and fast rules but mere etiquette of someone who respects one another’s faith and beliefs. Don’t you think? This is not meant to offend anyone but meant to clarify things.
  • Dwayne Johnson
    (Thursday, Apr 24. 2014 01:09 AM)
    to both Vincent and the pacifier, even you yourself are confuse of what you are posting. “if this blog side just share only buddhism..whats the point that guru shared about Jesus Christ, Mother Theresa, posted pictured of Dalai Lama with Blessed Pope John Paul II and so on and so forth..the 84000 of syakmuni’s teaching do not include points that rinpoche shared on other religious figures and yet he shared from his perspective point of views which he believes would drawn many people to visit his blog and to create interest so as to benefits others..besides..he shared too other teachings on nick vujicic, the no arms and no legs charismatic evangelical pastor, and other dharma center master cheng yen.”- by Vincent. yes, you wrote that correctly, Rinpoche shares about the all this and also the other religion in a manner that allow everyone here to understand about other religions, but Rinpoche articles is all about facts and informative articles that allow all of us understand more about the others, but did you ever see Rinpoche posted any prayers or even praises to other religious community blog? you can say i am biased, but ask yourself the real reason you keep on posting praises in a Buddhist blog, and yet what is the point what you want to convey?
    What ever point i am referring here is that is you as a guest visiting the house of a person, shouldn’t you be respecting owner of the house, lets say if the owner is a Buddhist, shouldn’t you in a respective manner as acknowledge the customs of the owner? We do not mind if you share about facts on the similarity that Christian and Catholic has with Buddhism, but really from you sharing it leans towards one side. This blog is not meant a platform to convert people to either side of the religion, but more of knowledge and understanding. I can say if you have been following Rinpoche blog and read all the articles here, you should have understand what Rinpoche is conveying.
    [no sender]
  • the pacifier
    (Wednesday, Apr 23. 2014 11:27 AM)
    people are sharing useful wisdom to each and everyone of you and hence I did saw Vincent posted a Tibetan chant translated in English in taking the calls of becoming protectors of other sentient beings. are all of you [...] doing that? instead of throwing tantrums, all of you trying to escape the truth and make ways for wrath and anger and mishandle the comments in an unfair manner. guru himself, as all of you said is generous and giving and that’s why he allows other articles to come and drop by to make his blog interesting as once Paul said, Buddhist is the only religion that embrace other religious beliefs?
  • Anonymous
    (Tuesday, Apr 22. 2014 08:55 PM)
    Vincent, Rinpoche shares about other religions and other religious figures to create religious harmony. He is open, generous and giving. You are ‘sharing’ to create religious disparity and trying to convert. There is a huge difference. Go share on a Muslim site and see the reaction.
  • Tim
    (Tuesday, Apr 22. 2014 08:52 PM)
    Dear Vincent, please respect all the Buddhists here. Your religion is not superior to any other religion. Create your own blog and preach there please. Thanks.
  • vincent tan
    (Tuesday, Apr 22. 2014 02:41 PM)
    Wisdom that Works
    by Berni Dymet
    Prov. 1:7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.
    I don’t think there’s one person on this planet that doesn’t want to have some more wisdom. I mean wisdom’s a good thing – right? So why aren’t we all a whole bunch wiser than we actually are?
    Answer: because wisdom involves sacrifice. The dictionary definition of wisdom is this: having experience, knowledge, and good judgment; and the soundness of an action or decision by applying this experience and knowledge, and good judgment.
    Boil that down and there are two parts to Wisdom. Knowing what to do – and then actually getting on and doing it.
    And therein lies the problem. We’re all happy to have a bit of a theory lesson – but when it gets to putting that wisdom into action – we discover that wisdom has a cost.
    According to King Solomon – the beginning of wisdom is the fear of the Lord. But then, many people don’t want to hear that. So here’s what happens – they keep on making the same mistakes, over and over and over again.
  • vincent tan
    (Tuesday, Apr 22. 2014 10:56 AM)
    Hi dwayne..is that your real name..i should say..well..its doesnt matter..sorrry to assume that you are a Christian..good to know that you are raised a buddhist and grown up as a buddhist.it must be worthwhile spiritual journey for you to go through.the theme called 1 sect 1 dharma center that emphasize on buddhist teachings ONLY i should say would defeat the purpose what rinpoche wanted to emphasize on his blog..this blog has been visited more than a million visitors and its open..its never restricted or block anyone to go in to share their views which includes the chatroom..all views and opinions are most welcome which the administration allows that and i believe rinpoche would love more opionionated views and other articles to be post here which everyone is free to share.if this blog side just share only buddhism..whats the point that guru shared about Jesus Christ, Mother Theresa, posted pictured of Dalai Lama with Blessed Pope John Paul II and so on and so forth..the 84000 of syakmuni’s teaching do not include points that rinpoche shared on other religious figures and yet he shared from his perspective point of views which he believes would drawn many people to visit his blog and to create interest so as to benefits others..besides..he shared too other teachings on nick vujicic, the no arms and no legs charismatic evangelical pastor, and other dharma center master cheng yen.eventhough he shared ghostly figures on ghouls and spirits-big foot and fairies etc.are these teachings based on ONLY buddhist teaching or just merely [...]?.so having said…did rinpoche of the blog basically shared only ONE and his OWN views and just purely based on the 84000 texts or just the lam rim texts? NO..he shared other world views to make his blog visitable and interesting..what do you think now..
  • Dwayne Johnson
    (Tuesday, Apr 22. 2014 12:27 AM)
    Dear Vincent, thank you for your lengthy explanation on your journey from Buddhist and becoming a Catholic, with all due respect we are all happy that you found a religion that you find comfort in and suitable to you. And for your information, i was never an Atheist or even or Christian, i was brought up as a Buddhist from young, well assuming the person of such and such without proper investigation and even understanding of the background is very much not necessary. For your info, i respect all religions, and even the person from other faith, because all religion main purpose is to bring about change and teaches about right moral conduct and bring about peace to all. But from the point of view of what this blog was created in the first place, it is to bring Dharma to all people, and even utmost importance is for those who are seeking spirituality in Buddhism, is to be FOCUS to one, and not be distracted from the others. It is due to this reason, many of those who Centre hopping, from one centre to another, does not find the answer they are looking for, why? it is Because they receive too many different advice and information which shrouded their mind, it cause more confusion, and that is why they could not even progressed in their practice, and then blame and getting angry at.
    Tsem Rinpoche always promote 1 Lama, 1 Centre, and encourage those seeking spirituality in Buddhism to focus on one and go all the way, yet not losing the value of respecting other religion, which is what we see in Tsem Rinpoche. So my point is, it is not being selfish to just learn ONLY one religion, because when one FCOUS ONLY on one religion and study all the way, it provide faster and more concrete results then being half heartedly learning Buddhism, and then confusing their mind with another. if you Look even in all the Great Attain Master, i believe that you do since you went to many centre before, all of this Great Master focus on their own Sect and their Yidam.
    Not everyone mind is the same that is why Buddha Shakyamuni has 84,000 teaching that is the remedies to all 84,000 mind. As a religious practitioner, i think we should respect other religion, understanding the vision and goal of the centre, before posting things which can create confusion. what if there are people posting prayers in tibetan or in Pali in a Christian blog, what would the visitor think? do you think they will be confused, and the community in that blog will feel that their space is being disrespected. The praises that you posted are beautiful, i believe you can benefit more people if you post in forum Lowyat and other religious community blog.
    [no sender]
  • vincent tan
    (Monday, Apr 21. 2014 09:57 PM)
    Continue from below, some even close themselves and left their previous paths because they are upset and no answer on their prayers..and they go on searching and searching until they found their own path of their choice in the name of protest..no one can control them as they cant accept the fact that they themselves protesting or angry on certain issues which made them close their heart, mind, soul and spirit to accept the fact all paths are meant to be peaceful, loving and caring..but some perceive in a wrong way and some even said that the scriptures or holy books regress instead of progressing without they themselves knowing or studying the books by their own..the translations went ugly more than benefit others..but who translated it? Humans? Or gurus? Or yourself? People tend to look at the ugly side of everything instead the positive and beautiful angles as we tend to be in this manner.we opt and tend to look at the dark side instead on the bright side..i dont mean to offend anyone but be more open instead of being selfish to ONLY learn one’s religion..
  • vincent tan
    (Monday, Apr 21. 2014 09:40 PM)
    Hi dwayne..hope you are doing fine and well.dont be disheartened.Your devotion to the triple jewel especially to guru amazed me..this blog absolutely its free for everyone to go in and to post their opinion and articles which definitely will benefit many so as to deepened understanding of one’s another religion.i believe that this very main aim of the blog is to create understanding of each other beliefs and religion and paths so as to reach harmony..all teachings and religion as well as paths coexist together and leads to the One True God. Besides, guru himself wrote articles about Jesus and embedded Mother Theresa’s pictures onto his blog..He has his motivation to do..no religion nor any paths own by a single organisation or a community as we have our own free will to embrace and practice them..same to you..i believe before you are buddhist.you might be an antheist or Christian but you chose to believe in buddhism. Me too..am a buddhist but chose to embrace catholicsm on my own free will and beliefs as well as encounters..all articles posted is to benefits all and no danger of that so as long as you are open..i am catholic by faith but i did join several at gompas as well as temples and moreover joined in in the spirit of goodwill to attend dharma classes, and quranic studies to deepened my understanding on each paths so as to enlightened myself to be more adaptable and respect others as human being and beings on the earth..to love each other as Christ commanded and taught.

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The Unknown

The Known and unknown are both feared,
Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
The unknown may be growth and opportunities,
One shall never know if one fears the unknown more than the known.
Who says the unknown would be worse than the known?
But then again, the unknown is sometimes worse than the known. In the end nothing is known unless we endeavour,
So go pursue all the way with the unknown,
because all unknown with familiarity becomes the known.
~Tsem Rinpoche

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Everyone should follow the wisdom tweeted here by Oprah. Then we would all have such better relationships with eacher and everyone. Not difficult to follow if are motives are genuine. Tsem Rinpoche
7 hours ago
Just because you are doing something truly good doesn't mean everyone has what it takes to support it.~Tsem Rinpoche
2 days ago
This is the opposite of self discovery or spiritual practice expected. What do you think this means? Very profound. Tsem Rinpoche 
2 days ago
This is excellent. The needs of the many are greater than the needs of the one is a good philosophy to live by. After a while our petty desires do go away when we apply the remedies. Tsem Rinpoche 
2 days ago
Excellent  statue of Lord Manjushri. TR
2 days ago
Interesting.
2 days ago
"Some people spend all their energy, and even risk their lives to achieve fame. Fame and notoriety are both no more than an empty echo. Your reputation is an alluring mirage that can easily lead you astray. Discard it without a second thought, like the snort you blow from your nose."~Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche
6 days ago
Over 22,000 views here on engaging in this practice that will purify and protect your environment from powerful spiritual disturbances: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=31904
6 days ago
Dakinis are Buddhas' wisdom in feminine form. Without respect of the feminine, there can be no enlightenment. Tsem Rinpoche 
6 days ago
Unusual & nice depiction of Manjushri. Tsem Rinpoche
6 days ago
“If you utilize obstacles properly, then it strengthens your courage, and it also gives you more intelligence, more wisdom. Because there is obstacle, you make attempt; so have to think, have to try something. Have to try certain way; so this gives strength and also wisdom and intelligence. If you use them in wrong way, then discourage, failure, depression.”~His Holiness The Dalai Lama
6 days ago
Very nice painting. Tsem Rinpoche 
6 days ago
We should treat animals very well. They have feelings just like us and do not deserve any sufferings just like us. They can be our best friends. Tsem Rinpoche
6 days ago
I wish more Buddhas are painted more realistically like this. Who did this? Tsem Rinpoche
6 days ago
There is a lama under the canopy at the temple entrance giving teachings and look at all the monks in the snow receiving teachings. When you want dharma bad enough, nothing can stop you. Tsem Rinpoche
6 days ago
I like this inviting scenery at the Nunnery of Tsogyal Latso area in Tibet. Beautiful small temple, holy stupa, trees, green, bright and look at the mountains surrounding. Not barren or dry. Perfect place to live, practice, age, retreat, meditation and pass away. Tsem Rinpoche
6 days ago
We have 13 Buddhist Pastors in Kechara. Four were newly ordained last night. After the ordination it rained for 15 minutes I am told while the sun continued to shine brightly in the area. One Pastor is in the USA right now so not pictured. Tsem Rinpoche
1 week ago
My Mumu boy is so alert, cute and intelligent. I can never get tired of loving him. Tsem Rinpoche 
1 week ago
I had commissioned this Thirteen Deity Yamantaka thangka. With Lord Tsongkapa above centre representing all lineage masters. Manjushri to the left and H.H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche to the right. Sacred, beautiful and pure wisdom embodied in this thangka. Tsem Rinpoche
2 weeks ago
This tastes really good!!! Easy to make. Some frozen items you have to heat up, take out of microwave, stir and put back in to continue cooking for a few mins more. This one you just put on for 5 mins and eat. But it tastes REALLY good and tastes home cooked too. Nice surprise. Tsem Rinpoche
2 weeks ago
When can I find a location, house and environment like this? This is the kind of place I would like to spend the rest of my life in. Tsem Rinpoche 
2 weeks ago
Jill Yam and also Mr. Hee always conducts wonderful pujas for those who come to Kechara House and request. I am very happy about that. The pujas offer tremendous results and therefore benefits for many. Our puja requests are growing very much. Tsem Rinpoche
2 weeks ago
Even animals can show great compassion and sense when another needs it. Be kind to animals and be vegetarian. Collect less negative karma by not eating meat. Be kind always. Tsem Rinpoche
2 weeks ago
Portraits of People Living on a Dollar a Day- You absolutely must see the stunning photos and background. See here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=48180
2 weeks ago
This mechanism was recovered from the Antikythera shipwreck in 1901. Its complexity and purpose was not understood for another hundred years. Dated to around 200 BC, it is identified to be an analog computer used to calculate the astronomical position of the stars and planets. Its juxtaposition among other ancient artifacts is akin to finding a jet airplane inside King Tutankhamun’s tomb. The device, whose inner workings are far more complex than a Swiss watch, is capable of accurately measuring the movement of the sun, the moon (and all its phases), eclipse cycles and the position of the planets. Who could have built this?~https://www.facebook.com/cosmic.intelligenceagency
2 weeks ago
Prince Palta is my maternal grandfather. Princess Nirjidma is my aunt. She has two sons. The sons are my cousins. Wonder if they are alive or not? Where are they? Any offsprings? Interesting to find out. Tsem Rinpoche 
2 weeks ago
Never be angry at your guru, Hold a grudge against your guru. Never seek revenge against your guru. Never talk badly about your guru to cover your mistakes. Don't abandon your guru or ignore  your guru because he loved you for you as no one else  did and dared to love your potential too. Never hold your anger for long against your guru. Your guru was only doing his 'job' by teaching you, showing you better, explaining the dharma to you and was very brave to do so for you as no one else would dare do so. No one would dare take that job. No one else dared to love you and give you more. ~Tsem Rinpoche
2 weeks ago
Nothing would make me MORE HAPPIER than to retire in this environment. I hope this manifest soon. By the karma of myself and the people I have hopes in will help it to manifest. I love this so much. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
A very important poem to understand: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=47846
3 weeks ago
Billy Meier took the best pics of UFOs. I watched a documentary about him with Seng Piow and we were both stunned how good the documentary is. It's alittle older but relevant. When you watch, you must please pay full attention as they have accents, but understandable. Listen closely to the technical information when his material goes through tests for authenticity: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0q7ye0dic0U
3 weeks ago
Nobody should put beautiful grandma to sleep ever and nobody should put that lovely dog or any animals to sleep. No animals should be harmed, butchered or caged. We are humans and supposedly more intelligent. So let's act like it by being kind to those animals that are 'lesser' than us and our intelligence. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
This is exactly what Buddha taught. What Tsongkapa explained. What H.H. Trijang Rinpoche embodied and what H.H. Zong Rinpoche shared with me.~Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
NEW POST-And some partners just drag each other down anyways because it’s convenient to be with that person. It’s not love but just using each other. I’ve seen that clearly in a few cases. People can hide with their partners and avoid real efforts because they are in denial, but denial or not, it will catch up. I am deeply sorry to say things like that too. But it’s true..please read on: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=47760
3 weeks ago
Do you know about Raimundo Arruda Sobrinho? If you don't you should find out now!! It is totally necessary to find out and share with others: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=47397
3 weeks ago
It's fortunate for the student to meet a caring and real teacher in this day and age. It is also very fortunate for the teacher to meet a caring and genuine student. It benefits the dharma and many beings when a genuine teacher and genuine student meet and work together to benefit others. Very powerful and good combination.-See what I mean please: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=47425
3 weeks ago
The evil ways of some completely amaze me every single day.. They better take a deep breath when they close their eyes for the last time, because it's not going to be pretty. This is how this little sweetheart was dumped on the street.-From Harbored Souls Rescue (FB)
3 weeks ago
Dear friends, a special letter for Frederick but it might benefit everyone out there who are really seeking inner change and spirituality. I invite you to read as I just posted now: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=47445
3 weeks ago
Click on photo to enlarge and see what this six year old has to share with the world. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
My dad rescued her from an abandoned store front two years ago. They watch TV like this together! -Via Reddit (facebook)
3 weeks ago
My shrine here in the USA. Do you like it? Tsem Rinpoche 
3 weeks ago
Dear friends, as you know part of my ancestry is Mongolian (Kalmyk). The Kalmyk Republic is one of the republics in Russia. And Kalmyk Republic is the only European republic that is Buddhist and they are Mongols in ancestry. They are proud people. I found a video that is very good. It showcases all the dances of the various Russian Republics. Very beautiful and rich Russian heritage. At 27:59 of the video you will see the Kalymk performers doing the Mongol-Kalmyk dance. I use to dance in a Kalymk dance troupe as a kid, but I couldn't dance like this! I was amazed how beautiful it was done and talented the Kalmyk dancer are as well as the other republics. I want to share with you. Please see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhnbLoFbpsU -Thank you- Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
The Medicine Buddha is the composition of the buddhas. This means that when we practice the seven-limb prayer and make offerings with the seven limbs, we receive the same merit as we would if we had made offerings to all the Buddhas. Similarly, when we recite the mantra of Medicine Buddha, we collect unbelievable merit just as when we offer the seven-limb practice to Medicine Buddha. Be the cause for many to come to receive the healing of the Medicine Buddha and seal tremendous merits for yourself and your family in this life and the other lives to come.~Martin Get involved: http://www.medicinebuddhahill.com
3 weeks ago
Dear friends, Came across this which is short and gives hope. Do see: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=47218 Always trying my best to expose you to all types of knowledge, information and inspirations, Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
I love country roads. I wish this one lead to a secluded wooden retreat house where I lived away and far from the trappings of samsara and it's endless deceptions. Those who agree or participate in the deceptions will not only invite depression and disillusionment, but perhaps eventually be 'crippled' by it and trapped for long spells of 'time'. TR
3 weeks ago
What a nice comment by Antonio Rocco Romeo left on my facebook comments. I like people who have gratitude and show it. Not just say it but show it because they are the people who will get far and be less self-introverted creating less unhappiness in their minds. Happiness comes from having gratitude. Tsem Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
March 29, 2014-Went to a Native American Indian store yesterday to find stones to make offerings to the Buddhas. Tsem Rinpoche 
4 weeks ago
In horror of death, I took to the mountains— Again and again I meditated on the uncertainty of the hour of death, Capturing the fortress of the deathless unending nature of mind. Now all fear of death is over and done. ~ MILAREPA
1 month ago
This is what my 1972 blue Volkswagon beetle looked like when I had it in the 80's.  This is the exact color too. I drove it all over Los Angeles. It didn't have alot of power but it got me around. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
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    Dear everyone, All sentient beings deserve to live, be happy and not hurt, including animals. We should never hurt them or eat them. Look how much this chicken welcomes a hug and love. Observe carefully. Don't eat beings who can feel pain because the karma comes back. Tsem Rinpoche
    6 days ago
  • The appreciation shown here is so deep and touching.
    The appreciation shown here is so deep and touching.
    Dear friends, See this incredible video. This chimp was found in captivity for many years. Dr Jane Goodall released him into the wild. Look how he comes back to thank her with deep apprecition. It's amazing. Animals have such strong feelings of pain and happiness just like us. We should never hurt them and share with others to not hurt them. Tsem Rinpoche http://www.tsemrinpoche.com
    6 days ago
  • Aki drinking some water in the aviary
    Aki drinking some water in the aviary
    Aki is a rescued bird, he now lives in Kechara Forest Retreat Aviary
    2 months ago
  • Jamyang enjoying some fresh corn
    Jamyang enjoying some fresh corn
    Jamyang is one of our rescue birds that live in Kechara Forest Retreat Aviary
    2 months ago
  • The Cute Mumus Practising Dog Orchestra at Kechara Forest Retreat
    The Cute Mumus Practising Dog Orchestra at Kechara Forest Retreat
    Today the Mumus (dogs) decided to do a dog orchestra rehearsal together with the Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR) dogs.
    2 months ago
  • Incredible footage you must see!
    Incredible footage you must see!
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    Gongkar is our new bird for Kechara Forest Retreat's aviary. Gongkar never had friends and the original owner could not bring him to his destination. Now he is with us and assimilating in his cage within the aviary for a few weeks then released into aviary. Look at how much he wants attention from the other birds. Cute. Tsem Rinpoche
    6 months ago
  • Mumu, Oser and Dharma running and having a good time. I love seeing them playing. Tsem Rinpoche
    Mumu, Oser and Dharma running and having a good time. I love seeing them playing. Tsem Rinpoche
    6 months ago
  • Mumus running at Kechara Forest Retreat
    Mumus running at Kechara Forest Retreat
    7 months ago
  • Kechara Forest Retreat panorama, September 2013
    Kechara Forest Retreat panorama, September 2013
    7 months ago
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    Dechog our cockatoo at Kechara Forest Retreat grabbing long beans which he loves. Nice bird. We love him. Tsem Rinpoche
    10 months ago
  • The mumus having outdoor evening stroll!!!
    The mumus having outdoor evening stroll!!!
    11 months ago
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    17 May 2013, heavy rain at Kechara Forest Retreat from 7am-8am (1 hour). Water overflowed the existing drain and also opened up a much wider new "route" for itself.
    11 months ago
  • Must see video from Rajendra on our disciplined dogs
    Must see video from Rajendra on our disciplined dogs
    1 years ago
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    Dato' Ruby won the Bella Awards!
    1 years ago
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    This is a wonderful video for Moh Mei because she is sleeping in the KECHARA FOREST RETREAT CONTAINERS all alone...ehehehhehe...this is a new friend to keep her company....tsem rinpoche
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    The 2 tortoises in Tsem Ladrang, Kadro and Menlha are enjoying their fresh veggie meal.
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    SP's mom said that she is from Penang. This is her first trip to bodhgaya, and she truly finds bodhgaya is very holy and spiritual.
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    Very touching video...Buddha said it was very important to visit the four holy places associated with Him before our deaths. Remembering this, I had instructed Paul to take this senior group to Bodhgaya and make sure they are able to plant imprints. When this life of 'fun', money, parties and socials are over, we cannot leave empty handed. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 years ago
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    Our two rescued tortoises who live at Tsem Ladrang happily and will be transferred to Kechara Forest Retreat where they will have much more space to roam and run. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Aki is the old African Grey that was abandoned by his owner. Because he is old, no one wanted him. Well we wanted him and we took him and in and love him. He is in a big aviary and he likes his cage. We leave his cage open at all times so he can go in and out as he likes. His cage is his security blanket. Cute. He gets nice food and sunshine daily and also we play monks chanting for him to be blessed. We love you Aki. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Dear james, very nice video of Kechara outlet and the activity led by Kien. You must always make more videos. Thank you. Tsem Rinpoche
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    This little birdie was at a pet shop. He has maimed leg, permanent damage to his wing and cannot fly and also one eye blind. I don't think anyone would want the poor thing, so I adopted him and keep him safe, fed and with lots of fresh air. He's also in a large aviary so he can be with other birds and not be alone. He is alert, active, and has a good appetite. I like him very much and will make sure he is safe, happy and has a good life. I name him Lucky. Lucky will always be safe now. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 years ago
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    Setrap's mantra
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  • Rinpoche does Baby Jane!
    Rinpoche does Baby Jane!
    2 yearss ago

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Second ritual class in gompa tonight. We talked about "What is Puja? "part 2. And watched Tsem Rinpoche 's video teaching "Meditation on Death ". Pastor Yek Yee
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Woww...look at each of their face expression! The participant who attended tonight second ritaul class really make afford to learn what shared by pastor in class. Pastor Yek Yee
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The devoted puja teams went to pastor office tidy up all the outcall puja stuffs, after finished works at Puja House, thank you for their devotion towards Kechara.Pastor Yek Yee
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~Living at home, the real reasons?~ Find yourself. Be with yourself. Fail and then achieve. There’s so much more out there. Find your inner freedom by making a change from the outside as a start. You can achieve. You can do it… why not… failure is only when you don’t try and go all the way… there’s really nothing to lose that you won’t lose anyway if you don’t do it! ~Tsem Rinpoche http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/living-at-home-the-real-reasons.html From: June Tang (Khjb)
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~You wanna be rich?~ Life is to live… living is dependent on everyone around you… so live for them, with them and together with them in integrity. Spread the message of true integrity, honesty and kindness… then you will be the richest person, alive and dead. Do work that is beneficial to others no matter what society says. Be special because you are, be different. Think different.~Tsem Rinpoche http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/25305.html From: June Tang (Khjb)
16 hours ago
~Be low maintenance~ After five years in the Dharma, you should be a student who is ‘low maintenance’ or no maintenance which would mean you have transformed because you took the Dharma to heart…Very little ups and downs should disturb your practice after five years. Having ups and downs is fine, but it should not ever usurp your practice, faith and diligence because you know to accept it to be karma arising you have accrued and have to experience. Be a student that maintains others and not need further maintenance always otherwise you should transform yourself faster.~Tsem Rinpoche http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/be-low-maintenance.html From: June Tang (Khjb)
16 hours ago
Don't invest in temporary happiness. ~Tsem Rinpoche From: June Tang (Khjb)
16 hours ago
The 11th Tsongkhapa Retreat at Kechara House (JB).Dedicate to passengers and crew of flight MH370.May they be blessed by the three Jewels. From: June Tang (Khjb)
16 hours ago
May you be well and recover soon! You're such a brave girl. Pastor Adeline
16 hours ago
The usual Green Tara is called the Drolma of Sandalwood Forest (Tibetan: tsenden ngachi drolma), who holds a lotus flower, sometimes with a wheel on it, usually blue lotus or utpala flower that is bluish. Her activity is to summon (call) and to give fearlessness. When Tara became enlightened she dedicated all her positive actions saying "Whoever is connected to me in any way, may they be able to have very swift progress, may they have swift benefit, may my swift actions effect them." 18" Partly gold copper Green Tara on throne. Indian style. Available at Kechara outlet Viva Home Mall. Pastor Adeline
17 hours ago
A Dzambala puja conducted in Puja House for our regular sponsor today morning. Pastor Yek Yee
19 hours ago
All the participants who are joining ritual class by invited. Most of them are devoted puja teams. Thank you for their hard works. Pastor Yek Yee
19 hours ago
First ritual class specially for who interest in puja and ritual training. The topic of first day is "What is pujas about?" and also watched Tsem Rinpoche's video teaching "Discover Yourself". Pastor Yek Yee
19 hours ago
Mr Paan Yee Long who admitted in hospital last year December, doctor prescribed he has only 20% percent recover. However after few pujas done in Puja House and care by Kechara pastor, Mr Paan was recovered and even volunteering in Kechara now. Rejoice for him. Pastor Yek Yee
20 hours ago
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20 hours ago

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