From left Vignes from LASS, Dr Amilan, Patricia K, Datuk Dr Noordi, Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye and other guests who attended the event held at KPD, Block A, HELP University, Jalan Dungun
“Humanity’s true moral test, its fundamental test, consists of its attitude towards those who are at its mercy: animals”- Milan Kundera
KUALA LUMPUR, Wed. – HELP University today launches AniHELP (Animals and HELP) with the theme ‘PAWS A SECOND’. It is an anti animal cruelty awareness campaign that is aimed at creating understanding and appreciation among HELP staff, students and the public, for animals.
AniHELP is the sole initiative of the Public Relations students of HELP Matriculation Centre (HMC) and is jointly organized with Lost Animal Souls Shelter (LASS), a non-government organization (NGO) aimed at rescue, rehabilitating and rehoming stray animals that are in dire distress. Its ultimate mission is to empower and educate our community on the importance of domestic animals in need of a home, so that they are able to control and manage the stray population. This year, AniHELP also witnesses the iaugural participation of Animal Medical Centre, Malaysia’s first Veterinary Hospital as one of its partners.
AniHELP 2016 was launched today by Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye, patron of SPCA Selangor, Thanuja Ananthan, AniHELP Ambassador Patricia K, well-known, Malaysian celebrity, and Dhanesh Balakrishnan, Dean of Faculty of University Foundations Studies. This years’ launch gambit is performed by Malaysia’s No. 1 International Magician & Illusionist, Andrew Lee and his talented host of animals.
“We look at the world and all we see is cruelty around us; wars, natural disasters, poverty and even, animal cruelty. Recently, cases of animal cruelty have been escalating at an alarming rate. What more, little is being done to help curb these acts of cruelty,” said Dhanesh.
“Here at HMC, our students have initiated AniHELP to do their part and provide a voice to these silent/helpless creatures. This is also our way of expanding learning outcomes of our students with an emphasis on a holistic education.”
A list of exciting activities are lined up which include a display of puppies for adoption by LASS; a pet fashion show featuring dogs by the Groomers Connection Academy, a talk by Dr Amilan Sivagurunathan, Malaysian National Animal Welfare Foundation (MNWAF), and a photography contest
In his speech, Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye, Patron of SPCA Malaysia, said,
“…..The Animal Welfare Bill 2015 was implemented to promote responsible welfare and ownership of animals. Since the law was put into effect, Malaysia would be on par with member countries of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) such as India, New Zealand, Australia and the UK. This law is to send a message to people not to abuse animals but there are some offences that can be given compounds like failure to display licenses.”