IT is very sad and disheartening to see that human beings can be more savage and cruel than even the worst of wild predators.
The gory photograph that accompanied your report on the brutal killing of two elephants in Labis, “Poser over jumbo deaths” (The Star, Nov 4), shows how heartless people can be.
But why is this happening?
Wild animals have always lived in seclusion within their own natural habitat. One reason they stray is that human beings are driving them out of their habitats.
All around the world, deforestation, pollution and development have forced wildlife to the brink of extinction.
The desire for wealth and development has far outweighed the importance of protecting wildlife.
Driven out from their habitats, animals are straying into human territory, endangering themselves and humans as well.
Greed has also spawned poachers who hunt and kill animals for profit. One way to prevent poaching is to impose harsher penalties on offenders.
The current penalty of a fine of RM3,000 or three years’ jail, or both, is too lenient to deter poachers and hunters. Whipping should be enforced.
The Wildlife and National Parks Department should also increase the number of forest rangers in the various states to conduct routine checks on poachers and monitor the movement of wildlife.
Buffer zones could also be made wider for wandering animals, and areas around buffer zones should be strictly prohibited for development.
Nature has a very well-balanced system. The destruction of nature is pushing the system off-balance. Ultimately, mankind will suffer the dire consequences.
CHEAH CHEE HO
Petaling Jaya, Selangor
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