Sunday, February 12, 2012

Tiger Skins & Elephant Tusks Seized

Unfortunately, it's back to some bad news...

The Department of Wildlife and National Parks (DWNP or PERHILITAN) just raided a house and seized 8 tiger skins, 9 elephant ivory tusks and 22 plastic bags believed to be filled with bones and body parts of the barking deer (Read about it in The Star )

It is unclear whether these animals were from Malaysia.  But where ever they were originally from, they are all endangered or threatened species, and each individual really counts. There are less than 4,000 tigers world wide.  The highest population is in India, with about 1,200 individuals.  Malaysia has an estimated 500 tigers, sadly considered the second highest population of tigers in the world.  So when we lose 8 tigers, it can be considered a significant loss.

While it is good that PERHILITAN is hot on the tails of the poachers and illegal wildlife traders, it would be even better if we could protect the animals BEFORE they are killed - a seemly difficult task indeed.

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