FMT LETTER: From Sean Whyte, via e-mail
Having named and shamed the top ten and then a week later the top six worst zoos in Malaysia, we wonder why Perhilitan continues to drag its heels on the closure of these now illegal establishments?
To make it even easier for the procrastinators in Perhilitan we will now narrow down the number of zoos in need of the most urgent closure to these four: Johor Zoo, The Tower Zone Zoo KL, Perlis Bird Park and Perlis Primate Park. These four are shockingly bad.
All four blatantly flaunt the Wildlife Conservation Act 2010. With all four we have also long suspected a cosy relationship exists between them and Perhilitan, to the detriment of the animals.
In all four the unfortunate animals and birds are being left to suffer, presumably while Perhilitan officers sit at their desks rearranging their paperwork and thinking of ways to avoid enforcing the law.
What is it going to take to get Perhilitan to walk its talk? How much longer do the thousands of animals in Malaysia’s worst zoos have to suffer?
Months, years, or until they die a slow and painful death where they are now?
Finally, releasing zoo animals into the wild is generally not a good idea, however attractive this action may sound.
Expert advice of species specialists should always be sought first to avoid serious problems, not least being the transmission of diseases from zoo animals to wild ones.
The writer is CEO of Nature Alert…supporting Malaysian NGOs