Letter to Editor 6 June 2018
Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) is shocked to learn of the death of six more pygmy elephants which has been happening ad nauseam for several years.
Elephants are not an exception because the carnage to turtles and sharks has been making headlines in the previous year, which is reflective of poor government protection. That the slaughter is happening frequently can only mean that those entrusted with the task of protection are not doing enough. So far those responsible for the kills have not been charged, and the cause of deaths of the pygmies and others have yet to be established. Most killings end with unresolved investigations.
Knowing how critically endangered the pygmy elephants are, the stakes for this species’ survival are too high for incidents of this sort to happen again. The same can be said for the many other animal species who are currently fighting to survive in Sabah plagued by palm oil production. While the palm oil industry’s crippling blow to the orangutan species is monumental, the industry has the blood of other species on their hands as well.Read more