The Curriculum and Instruction Focus Group created as part of the WASC Accreditation process ( and which I am part of) recently sponsored a pet talk at the junior school section of Ipoh International School….When this was first discussed, I understood that this was to be a talk from a veterinarian regarding pet care.
However, when the event actually took place last week, as the little kids lined up, one of the visiting animal people went “ SHHHH” and put her finger up to her lips and said “Please keep in mind our animals are disabled”.
And so the kids were treated to a 26 year old pony (which is like 90 years in human terms) with blood red eyes that hardly moved, several three-legged dogs, and the showstopper….a cat with some sort of spinal paralysis that forces it to stay in a basket and has robbed it of all movement.
Now the original vet idea was a good one….Many kids are pet owners but probably pawn off the actual responsibility of cleaning and caring for the pet onto someone else so it’s good to hear about that from a professional….However, I’m not sure what can be gained from the disabled pet show.
In fact, I find it offensive that people spend this much time and money on animals that probably should be humanely put to sleep….I don’t understand, in this world of starvation and poverty inflicting, you know, HUMANS, and in much of the world CHILDREN, that someone would go to all that trouble to feed and clean a paralyzed cat in a basket.
When people have so lost their sense of priorities and their sense of fellowship with their fellow human beings, I know that the worst aspects of corrupt, dislocated, non-familial Western culture are starting to leak into and poison the best of Southeast Asian culture….My advice to Malaysia is resist with all your might!!!!!
The other detail, which I found intensely humorous and which I ranted and raved about in front of my classes, was the fact these people, the vet plus some other people who sang and entertained and spoke of disabled pets and apparently have absolutely no life, in fact, travel from place to place showing off these disabled animals.
I can see it now….MOM, DAD, GUESS WHAT I JUST HEARD THE DISABLED PET SHOW IS COMING TO TOWN….HALLELUJAH, SON, ARE THEY BRINGING THE 90 YEAR OLD PONIES, THE THREE LEGGED DOGS, AND, BE STILL MY BEATING HEART, THE PARALYZED CAT IN THE BASKET? YES THEY ARE……OH I WON’T BE ABLE TO SLEEP TONIGHT….I CAN’T WAIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!