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Monday, 12 September 2016

Media Demonising Animals?

Berita Harian: “Salakan Anjing Selamatkan Bayi”

Harian Metro: “Bayi Nyaris Dibaham Anjing”

The Star: “Dog Alerts Owner To Dumped Baby”

Last weekend, a dog in Jinjang alerted its owner after finding a newborn baby which was dumped in a drain. The story made rounds on several media outlets but one headline caused an uproar among animal lovers. Most media reported to the tone of; the dog saved the baby. However, Harian Metro took the opportunity to demonise the dog instead, by allocating a full page for this story with the headline “Nyaris Dibaham Anjing” along with the photo of the baby.

To make it worse, they followed the headline by another line saying “Bayi Lelaki Di Letakkan Dalam Kotak Hampir Jadi Makanan Haiwan”. What surprised me was, there were a lot of people who also supported Harian Metro’s interpretation of the incident saying “we never know if the dog wanted to eat baby,...maybe the dog barked because it wanted to baham the baby and etc”. The shocking truth is, all this just diverts us from the real issue here, which is; disgusting humans who dump a newborn child in a drain!! Why even attempt to demonise a dog in the end?

Harian Metro’s headline and the article, are both contradicting. They just did a “tokok tambah” or sensationalised the story to sell their papers. Those who say there could be some truth in Metro’s version also fail to realise the police have made a statement about the incident a day before the print was out (see photo below). Nowhere did they mention the baby came under attack or the dog was a threat in any way. This also brings me to another point; Always read articles thoroughly and don’t conclude stories from their headlines. Headlines can be misleading.

Another interesting thing to note is, the same story on Harian Metro’s online portal does not mention anything about the dog wanting to harm the baby. They probably quietly edited the story today after realising it was wrong (I’m guessing). On print however they can’t edit and it was too late. Millions of people who read the papers could’ve been easily influenced to think that dogs are vicious man eaters, adding to the existing stigma dogs have in our society. Unfortunately, this is how media can change people’s mindset especially the young ones. Below are the correct version of the story carried by other media outlets.

This also reminds me of a similar story carried by Kosmo. The headline read “Kekejaman Harimau Kuala Pilah".  Translated to English :- The Vicious Panther Of  Kuala Pilah

This was referring to a panther which attacked livestock in Parit Mungkal, Tanjung Ipoh. Stories like these yet again demonise animals, by conveniently forgetting they are just looking for food to survive. Humans have also encroached and destroyed their habitat and exploited them. But when human-animal conflicts arise, do we simply blame them? You be the judge. Don’t fall for media spinning!

Saturday, 18 June 2016

Chickaboo The Ostrich - Legend Of The Federal Highway

I Have News For You: An ostrich broke the internet this week after Jeff Sandhu uploaded a video of the bird running on Federal Highway. Video Here. It went viral and now, ostrich fever is sweeping everyone. So A Fortress Of Fur has put together a list of media covering the bizarre news in their usual tones.

BERNAMA: Kerajaan yakin pelaksanaan tol untuk burung unta di lebuhraya mampu mengukuhkan ekonomi.

The Malay Mail Online: Netizens angry after ostrich brought traffic to a standstill. …...More to come......

MalaysiaKini: UMNO-owned ostrich cost government RM2.6 billion

KOSMO: Burung unta yang ditebus daripada kumpulan Abu Sayyaf melarikan diri

The Wall Street Journal: Swiss investigators have proof Federal Highway ostrich was bought with 1MDB funds

Utusan: Apa Lagi Burung Unta Mahu?

The NST: 1Malaysia-Ostrich has united Malaysians on social media

Berita Harian: Burung unta yang terlepas dari Kondominium Sri Lembu adalah derma dari Arab Saudi

BFM Radio: Bird Friendly Malaysia...….BFM 89.9!

Fake Malaysia News: Najib angry Saudi donated burung unta. He wanted unta.

A Fortress Of Fur: This is not funny at all. Poor ostrich must have been really terrified. Bomba have been alerted to rescue the bird. They are on their way.

Bloomberg: Malaysia’s ostrich market is projected to achieve 87% growth by 2017 after a good run in June.

The Star Online: Ridhuan Tee quits MCA & runs wild

Daily Mail: Scientists believe sightings of the Loch Ness Monster could be Chickaboo the ostrich.

Harian Metro: Tengku Adnan syorkan KL dijadikan litar untuk burung unta merempit

Suara Keadilan: Burung unta memulakan kempen ‪#‎BebasAnwar‬ dengan mengutip sejuta tandatangan di lebuhraya

Harakah: Kejadian burung unta terlepas bukti Hudud diperlukan

Tamil Nesan: “Dia yingat ini aiwey dia bapak punya kah?” - Samy Vellu

Sin Chew Daily: See translation

Mastika: Burung Unta Menjelma Dari Kubur Bercahaya Di Semenyih

*Disclaimer: Just a banter.

Glad that Chickaboo is safe now.

Feel free to add in your own version of headlines in the comments HERE!.

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Stray Dogs In Moscow Travel By Train For Food

Anyone who's ever doubted the intelligence and resourcefulness of dogs needs to only take a look at the Russian capital of Moscow to see the truth. In addition to being home to the Kremlin, Moscow houses upwards of 35,000 stray dogs.

But it's what these dogs have learned to do that's truly remarkable… and it's baffling animal researchers.

"In Moscow, there are all sorts of stray dogs, but… there are no stupid dogs," Dr. Andrey Poyarkov told ABC.

That must be true, as the dogs of Moscow's streets have learned to… ride public transit.

For commuters in the Russian capital, it isn't all that uncommon to share a seat with a dog.

The dogs have mastered the massive subway system, hustle and bustle included, and use it to travel to the most fertile "hunting" ground in the center of the city.

Researchers say that the dog's use of the transit system is evidence of canis familiaris' possession of what we call flexible open-ended reasoning and conscious thought.

The dogs have also been seen obeying traffic signals and employing a variety of tactics to procure food from humans.

The dogs even try and scare people carrying food by barking, with the hope that the startled person will drop their food.

This one above here is glowing with wisdom. It must be true!

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