MANY people do not know much about frogs. They’re not as awe-inspiring as the majestic lion, or cute and cuddly like the koala bear.
And while birds sing, frogs croak. No wonder these slimy creatures are not on our radar.
While livestock may be accorded some care when they are being raised, transported or slaughtered, frogs are not so fortunate. Kept in small cages without water or food, frogs often meet an excruciating death. Frogs sold at the market and pasar malam are often skinned and cut open alive. Who can forget the sight of these miserable creatures wriggling and twitching in pain as their guts spill out?
Cruelty towards frogs is not only documented in Malaysia but in a lot of countries where they end up on the dinner plate.
In India, live frogs are dismembered by hand or have their legs snipped off by a pair of scissors.
Frogs that are captured from the wild also experience trauma. Although a variety of tools are used, the threepronged spear is favoured and it sometimes causes such severe bruising that the animal is rejected by the buyer.
This is troubling because scientific studies show that frogs possess the appropriate neurological components for transmitting pain and demonstrate behavioural and physiological reactions to pain. This means that a frog’s ability to feel pain is probably similar to that of a mammal.