Fight fire with fire, Perhilitan urged to be tech-savvy


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  • Saturday, 21 Feb 2015

JOHOR BARU: Poachers are becoming tech-savvy by using technologies to hunt down animals and stay a step ahead of enforcement agencies.

Malaysian Nature Society (MNS) Johor chairman Vincent Chow said hunters are leaving behind traditional method of tracking an animal and have made full use of current technologies available to them.

He said gadgets such as cameras, radio, mobile phone and even global positioning system (GPS) to familiarise with Malaysia’s jungle that make it easier for them to catch animals here.

“The Government has introduced several measures and even beef up existing law such as the Wildlife Conservation Act 2010 to protect animals in particular endangered species in Malaysia.

“However, in terms of enforcement, little is being done by the relevant agencies to help decrease poaching activities that happen in our own jungle by foreign poachers,” he told StarMetro.

Chow urged Perhilitan to use technology as well in their efforts to stop such poachers from hunting down our animals.

“As the poachers are using state-of-the-art gadgets then the department should follow suit to even the field on them,” he said.

He added that many people were still ignorant about the law and the dangers of getting animals either as pets or for medical purposes.

Chow stressed that by addressing and informing the matter to the public about poaching and wildlife trade, then the authorities here have the upper hand.

“The main motivation for poachers is money and if the relevant agencies are able to educate the public on the matter, then the demand for animal parts will certainly stop,” he said.

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