is malaysia the easiest place in the world for tiger poaching?

is malaysia the easiest place in the world for tiger poaching?

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Five raids in five days, with 12 suspects nabbed and the skins, bones, teeth and claws of tigers seized, is a tremendous effort which the Malaysian Conservation Alliance for Tigers (MYCAT) applauds. As empowering as this enforcement success is, the discovery of so many tiger parts in four of the five premises raided in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor paints a very troubling picture. It tells us that poachers are still plundering the jungles to feed the illegal trade. Traffickers are buying and selling parts of protected animals with little fear of the law and there is still a sizeable demand for Malaysia’s last 300 critically endangered wild tigers.

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Early 2016 Malaysian Conservation Alliance for Tigers launched a petition for “No More Dead Tigers”. The petition’s biggest demand is for the deterrent penalty for illegal tiger possession under the Malaysian Wildlife Conservation Act 2010 to be put to full use and maximum penalties be handed down to criminals involved in reducing our tiger population. But, what is the point of maximum fines of RM500,000 and a jail term of up to five years if they aren’t used to scare poachers and traffickers out of this shadowy business?

Tremendous effort, time and resources, not to mention risks, have been invested in investigations, intelligence gathering and case preparation to fight wildlife trade, for the identification and to dismantle criminal networks, and to better protect this national icon and their habitats. This effort should not be undermined, dissolving hope when minimum sentences are handed down.

Malayan Tigers could do with more hope, more justice, and being Malaysian, should enjoy freedom in its only home, freed from the tyranny of poachers, traffickers and tiger part consumers.

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no more dead tigers

Early 2016 Malaysians were recently shocked by the loss of 6 wild Malayan tigers in the span of a single month. They were among the last 300 tigers that now fight to stay alive. Extinction is real. These are just the latest cases in a string of deaths. Illegal hunting and trade, driven by demand for wildlife from within and outside Malaysia, remains the most devastating threat to tigers and other endangered species.
Malaysian Conservation Alliance for Tigers (MYCAT) demands that poachers be brought to justice and landowners of tiger habitat, be it states, corporations or individuals, bear responsibility to save wild tigers.
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