By S.M. Mohd Idris [Admin note: This is one of the videos in question here.\
Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) is outraged over the disturbing visuals shown on Astro Awani’s video over the alleged mistreatment and abuse of elephants taking place at a resort in Malacca.
The sound of the beating inflicted on the elephant was highly audible that it shocked SAM into disbelieve. Such appalling scene is a reminiscence of the dark ages where captive wildlife were cruelly treated in circuses and zoos. That this merciless beating should take place at this modern time and age is highly unacceptable.
This is not the first time that incidents of this sort has taken place. In 2010 an alleged abuse of a tiger during a show was highlighted by a local newspaper reader in the ‘Letters’ section It appeared that the tiger had been drugged as it was too tired to even hold up its head.
Then again in 2011, eight orangutans were discovered at an undisclosed location hunched inside cages with little hair left, malnourished and suffering from severe depression. The orangutans were never confiscated despite calls for their removal to Sepilok Orangutan sanctuary in Sabah for treatment.
In 2005, the discovery of illegal orangutans in their possession led to their confiscation but no one was ever prosecuted. As always it is not unusual for A’ Famosa’s management to deny any wrongdoing or justify their action.
In the elephant abuse case immediate action should be taken against the abuser because the investigation should be based on witness statements and photographic evidence. No one is above the law and action must be taken to the full extent of the law on the resort owner.
A’ Famosa must stop misleading the public that they are into elephant conservation because there is no compelling evidence to date that they are into promoting attitude changes, education or interest in conservation in their visitors, despite claims to the contrary. More....