1 Tahrcountry Musings: Malaysia fast becoming a transit point for illegal wildlife trade

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Malaysia fast becoming a transit point for illegal wildlife trade

On Tuesday, Wildlife officers seized two tonnes of elephant ivory and five rhino horns at Kenya’s international airport which was on its way to Malaysia.

A growing number of illegal ivory shipments are passing through Malaysian ports. Pasir Gudang in Johor is notorious for this. In August 2006, 2,910 kg of ivory transiting through this port was seized in Japan. Another large shipment of 5,647 kg of ivory which was clandestinely routed was seized in Viet Nam.

Till now Vietnam had this dubious distinction of being a transit point. Now Malaysia is also in the list, which is a concern that has to be addressed on a war footing. It is Africa that is at the receiving end of this scourge. 180 rhinos have been slaughtered for their horns in South Africa this year alone. Conservationists have issued a call to identify the players involved in the illegal rhino horn and elephant ivory trade in Malaysia and put a brake on their nefarious activities.

2 comments:

Ramesh said...

This needs urgent attention of international community

rame409 said...

This is terrible. The world community should rasie their concerns immediately.