By Sean Whyte [Admin note: For background on this, the following link should prove helpful--
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Perhilitan’s response in FMT last week to claims it has either sold or given away valuable ivory to an individual lacked transparency, honesty and answers. No change there then.
Will Perhilitan invite Traffic to audit the ivory stocks? Yes or no? If ‘no’, what possible excuse can they proffer? Far from adhering to CITES regulations Perhilitan have flaunted them for years.
In the last two years alone Perhilitan and the customs department have confiscated eight shipments of ivory.
Not one person has been arrested or prosecuted. Could it be someone in Perhilitan is complicit in the trade or, is the whole department and Minister G Palanivel simply too lazy or incompetent to care?
What do you think? I mean, eight opportunities to prosecute criminals who profit from elephants being slaughtered have passed Perhilitan by with seemingly no action taken.
Details of the most recent Malaysian ivory importer are known (published here by FMT), but still no news of an arrest, let alone even an investigation. How difficult can it be to pay a visit to the importer? More....