Letter to Editor 6th August 2018
Friends of the Earth Malaysia (FOEM) an environment NGO in Penang, expresses shock and horror at the massacre of nearly 300 crocodiles in Indonesia’s West Papua province. The loss of a human life is most devastating, but then the crocodile cannot be entirely blamed for following his natural instinct—killing whatever “prey” that had entered into his habitat.
Man’s understanding of crocodiles has been very limited. Normally rare, attacks on human are related to defence of territory, protection of their young or accidental or intentional provocation by humans. Mankind’s overwhelming response to members of the crocodile groups has been unreasonably repugnant. This would be that crocodiles are often perceived as monsters themselves because of their scaly, slithering and brutish form. What is most appalling is the crocodiles reputation as a man eater.
This ill-feeling toward the creatures has erupted into serious consequences that resulted in the unnecessary deaths of many of the crocodiles, which are not at fault. Crocodiles, often demonised as killers of men, are subjected to abhorrent treatment by the mob, whose only intention is to annihilate the creatures out of severe hatred and revenge. This appalling and immoral behaviour is nothing but a violent slaughter of defenceless creatures where the mob seek glory and revenge.Read more