More action and less talk is required to combat wildlife crime. Many species are becoming severely depleted and may disappear if more is not urgently done by governments and enforcement agencies.
Author Sahabat Alam Malaysia / Friends of the Earth Malaysia
At least one-fifth of mammal species found in Malaysia are facing extinction. The one things that all of these species have in common is that human beings are the cause of their path towards extinction.
The dog and cat meat trade in Malaysia must not be excused or explained as purely cultural. To many Malaysians, dogs and cats are companion animals, not food.
There will be devastating global consequences for tigers now that China is lifting the ban on tiger bones for use in traditional Chinese medicine. In a battle between the tigers and large-scale, state-sanctioned economic interests, the animal’s fate looks desperately perilous.
In Malaysia, cruelty cases towards dogs and cats are on the rise, despite the passing of the 2017 Animal Welfare Act, due in large part to a lack of enforcement. Even in shocking cases of deliberate cruelty, many abusers are not charged with a crime.
Friends of the Earth Malaysia calls for improvements in how Malaysia’s authorities respond to wildlife crimes. Malaysia is one of the top ten smuggling hubs in its region, and several factors converge to enable the illegal wildlife trade to continue to thrive in the country.
Crocodiles are subjected to abhorrent treatment by mobs, whose only intention is to annihilate the creatures out of severe hatred. This appalling and immoral behavior is nothing but a violent slaughter, motivated by the pursuit of glory and revenge.
Two new foreign predatory fish have been discovered in Malaysian waters. Shifting fish species around, whether for commercial fishing stock or the aquarium trade, creates the potential for ecological disasters.
The palm oil industry’s monumental and crippling impact on orangutans is well known, but the blood of pygmy elephants and other species is on their hands as well.
Serious questions need to be raised immediately about how an adult chimp managed to escape from a zoo in Malaysia, and why she was shot dead instead of being subdued humanely.
The use of elephants in tourism is fueling cruelty, and the demand for elephants to feed the tourism industry has resulted in the organised illegal trade of wild elephants in parts of Asia.
On January 3rd, an elephant was electrocuted by a live wire on a construction site in Gerik, Malaysia. It is irresponsible to leave work projects unattended that pose hazards to humans and animals.