Article written by Ayesha Mumtaz
Originally published by bnn.com (Wed, Feb 7, 2024)
An Instagram post by a UK-based cameraman, detailing his encounter with a butcher shop selling cat meat in Kuala Lumpur’s Chinatown, has sparked public outrage and calls for legal intervention. The incident has highlighted the legal ambiguity surrounding the trade and consumption of cat and dog meat in Malaysia.
Chinatown in Kuala Lumpur is a bustling hub of cultural and culinary experiences. Still, a recent Instagram post by a UK-based cameraman has cast a disturbing shadow over its vibrant alleyways. The post details an unsettling encounter with a butcher shop, purportedly specializing in cat meat, veiled within a secluded corner. The chilling account includes observations and the unease felt during the experience, triggering alarm and outrage among Malaysians and globally.
Public Outcry and Demand for Legal Intervention
The public reaction to the cameraman’s Instagram revelation has been one of shock and disbelief. Netizens have expressed horror, and some celebrities have even commented on the post, fueling the outcry. The disturbing report has led to a surge in calls for local authorities such as the Royal Malaysia Police and Kuala Lumpur City Hall to investigate the matter.