The organisation also wants the government to sign the Conference Declaration in London and prioritise cracking down on illegal wildlife trade networks operating in the country.
KUALA LUMPUR: The World Wide Fund for Nature – Malaysia (WWF-Malaysia) and The Wildlife Trade Monitoring Network (Traffic) have urged the Malaysian government to act forcefully in combating poaching and wildlife trade in Malaysia.
In a statement issued here yesterday, both organisations said they made the call in view of Malaysia’s participation in the Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference in London today and tomorrow.
Conference participants include source, transit, and destination countries for illegal wildlife goods, and countries with available resources to tackle trafficking.
Both organisations urged the Malaysian government to sign the Conference Declaration and prioritise seven key areas including cracking down on illegal wildlife trade networks operating in the country.
The organisations also urged the Malaysian government to set up a National Tiger Task Force to oversee the implementation of the National Tiger Conservation Action Plan, as well as anti-poaching efforts to protect tigers and other wildlife.
Meanwhile, WWF-Malaysia’s executive director/CEO, Dr Dionysius Sharma said the two-day conference to be attended by 50 countries was an opportunity for the government to end illegal wildlife trade in Malaysia.
He said any measures agreed in London must be applied at home by delivering actions equal to the challenge.