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Malayan tiger under grave threat from poachers

 | May 15, 2012

Government must move swiftly to stop the menace, say conservation groups.

PETALING JAYA: Conservation groups have urged the government to take immediate steps to stop poachers hunting down endangered animals in the country, especially the Malayan tiger.

MyCat, the Malaysian Conservation Alliance for Tigers, said that poachers are still undeterred by the law and were using snares in several areas which is threatening the local tiger population.

“This is happening despite the ban instituted by the Department of Wildlife and National Parks Peninsular Malaysia (Perhilitan) in 2009,” said MyCat.

MyCat comprises the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), The Wildlife Trade Monitoring Network (Traffic) and the Wildlife Conservation Society and the Malaysian Nature Society.

The poaching hot spots are the Belum-Temengor Forest Complex in Perak, Taman Negara and Sungai Yu Tiger Corridor in Pahang, and the Endau-Rompin Landscape in Pahang and Johor.

MyCat said this was clear by the discovery of numerous traps and snares in these areas between 2010 and 2011.

“After years of research, the demand for wildlife from inside and outside Malaysia still remains the most potent threat to tigers and other endangered species in the country,” said MyCat.


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