What is a civilized country? or How do you recognized a civilized country? David Horton listed 25 criterias :

  1. The military-industrial complex plays no role in government.
  2. Religion plays a very small role in society, not forbidden, but not compulsory.
  3. Scientists, teachers, nurses, artists, are all valued more than sports people and celebrities.
  4. Speech is free and the media varied.
  5. There are few if any guns.
  6. The environment is cared for.
  7. The government does not execute its people.
  8. Women have full social and economic equality with men.
  9. Minorities are not persecuted.
  10. Sexuality is not a criterion for human rights.
  11. Education of children is universal, free and secular.
  12. Other species are respected, valued and protected.
  13. Everyone secretly votes, every vote is openly counted independent of government.
  14. Regulation protects people from giant corporations.
  15. Other countries are not invaded, war isn’t glorified.
  16. Wealth is not a criterion for political success, or social worth.
  17. Art and heritage are valued; literature, film and television increase in quality over time.
  18. Natural disasters bring massive state support for the hurt and homeless and helpless.
  19. The old, the sick, the disabled, are cared for.
  20. The government tells the truth.
  21. Public enterprise is as valued as private enterprise.
  22. The courts and police are independent of politicians.
  23. Unions flourish
  24. The balance between life at work and life at home is a healthy one.
  25. Aspirations are achievable by all.

If based on these, we’re not close to being civilized at all. I read that how you treat your animal showed how civilized a country is… Just look at the case in DBKL Setapak featured in 360, aired last wednesday. The dog was stranggled and the cats were drowned to death. Thats the most inhuman way to dispose of strays… seriously, shame on you. Dahlah our politic sucks… even the animals suffer living in this country 🙁

There will be a peaceful gathering at the DBKL pound in Setapak THIS WEEKEND to protest against this case.

DATE: Saturday, 7th February 2009
TIME: 11:00am
Pusat Kurungan Haiwan DBKL / DBKL Health Department Pound
Off Jalan Air Jerneh
Kampung Air Kuning
Air Panas, Setapak
53300 Kuala Lumpur

The map: http://tinyurl.com/dbklpound

Please come, and spread the word to as many people as you can! Thank you!