Hunting wildlife traders online

  • Nation
  • Saturday, 04 Jun 2016

Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) president S.M. Mohamed Idris speaking on EPF at the CAP premises. Star pic by:CHIN CHENG YEANG/The Star/21-04-2015

GEORGE TOWN: Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) has suggested that cyber crime units be set up and special monitoring programmes be implemented as part of efforts to end the illegal wildlife trade.

SAM president S.M. Mohamed Idris (pic) said wildlife traders in Asia had been conducting transactions internationally and had even turned to social media sites to evade detection.

“If the illegal wildlife trade is not curbed, then Malaysia’s 26 species of endangered animals, including the Malayan tiger, common otter and 11 species of bats, will go extinct.

“Already extinct are the Javan rhinoceros, Banteng (a species of wild cattle) and the Indian grey mongoose,” he said during a press conference in Jalan Masjid Negeri yesterday.

The event was held to mark World Environment Day which will fall tomorrow with the theme ‘Fight against the Illegal Trade in Wildlife’.

“Don’t just ban the hunting of sambar deer. Stop issuing hunting permits for all wildlife,” urged Mohamed Idris.

He claimed that moves to curb the illegal wildlife trade had been largely fruitless because the current enforcement efforts were either ineffective or were not deterrent enough.

“The tame enforcement efforts point to a lack of political will among those responsible at national and international levels for protecting wildlife species.

“Strong deterrent measures such as heavy fines and longer jail terms must be imposed and enforced stringently.”

He said enforcement efforts should also match the growing involvement of sophisticated, well-funded and increasingly armed criminal organisations in the illegal wildlife trade.

“Wise planning, clear policies and scientific advice are clearly needed from experts to ensure humans and wildlife can live conflict-free,” he said.

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 1
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3
Subscribe now to our Premium Plan for an ad-free and unlimited reading experience!

Next In Nation

Cops arrest man for stealing equipment from restaurant owned by actor
Three killed, six injured in car-van collision in Kluang
Ten rescued after being trapped at waterfall in Batang Kali
Flood preparedness notice issued for six states
Motorcyclist killed in accident with another motorcyclist
Give priority to capable civil servants for key posts, says Cuepacs
Workshop fire damages four vehicles in Johor
Perikatan needs CSA to become constructive opposition, says Saifuddin
More time needed before unveiling leaner Cabinet, says Anwar
Anwar wants cops to take action against those who falsely accuse him, says Fahmi

Others Also Read