Painful end

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - LIVING -

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.

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