Written by Team Anonymous Strays. We see them almost everywhere in our daily life: in our residential areas, around shop lots, and even at food courts. We are so accustomed to seeing them; their existence has become so insignificant to us. In reality, there are a multitude of challenges that stray animals face daily in order to survive. Occasionally, an enraging news release emerges, of stray animals being treated cruelly, momentarily creating public awareness. The Malaysian government does have legislation dealing with the mistreatment of animals in place, and those liable will receive heavy sentencing of fine between RM20,000 to RM100,000, or 3 years of imprisonment or both, as stated in Section 29 of Animal Welfare Act 2015. However, these measures are not effective enough, dealing only with animal cruelty once it has been committed. To truly prevent more animals from being abused in the first place, we need to address the source of this issue, which is a lack of societal morality. First of all, the best way to tackle this problem is by raising awareness amongst members of our society. We need to set good examples for the youth, and educate them so they learn how to respect animals. Teaching younger generations how to be considerate and have empathy will mold them into advocates for animals. We must also educate society at large, with fundraising campaigns for animal protection that can be organised in various communities. Giving talks about animal cruelty can also spread awareness of the severity of the problem, and get as many people as possible to support the cause. Bringing this issue to the attention of the public will reduce the number of animal abuse cases over time. They may already be taking effect in the present. Other than raising awareness, we should always intervene if we happen to witness animal cruelty. We should not omit from doing so to simply avoid bringing about trouble for ourselves. Seek help from other witnesses or the relevant authorities if necessary, to put a stop to the crime without endangering yourself. The next step after intervention is to lodge a formal report against the animal abuser with the local authorities. Act immediately before it’s too late to prevent the animals from further suffering. Lastly, foster stray animals. Take them in and treat them if you ever run into any that are in bad condition. You can also foster strays that have been rescued by an organisation such as Pads and Paws KL. Mistreated animals need your support, shelter, and maybe even immediate medical attention. Help them as they recover, and adopt them too if necessary, to provide them with better care and a home. This can prevent them from more future harm from unethical people. Your actions can change the lives of these animals for the better. On a final note, abusing animals is one of the most heinous things a person can do. All animals are living beings just like us, and equally deserving of humanity. Thus, we should not ignore or mistreat the stray animals we encounter because they seem to be insignificant to us. Let us be kind and grant them our support. You might even find a loyal friend in the process of caring for one.