By Alfian ZM Tahir
Recent information obtained from a local animal rights organisation highlighted the Johor Zoo as the worst in Malaysia as the animals are kept in inadequate and poor conditions.
Throughout the world a zoo is a place of care and shelter for wild animals kept in captivity. It is a place where the public can learn to appreciate wildlife in safety, unfortunately the Johor Zoo is one filled with mistreated and near neglected animals.
“The zoo (Johor Bahru zoo) is the worst ever. They have yet to change the old cages and upgrade to better facilities for the animals,”
“ After widespread bad publicity, elephants and orangutans were previously confiscated by Perhilitan, from this zoo.”
“The management are clearly incapable and uncaring,” said Sean Whyte from Nature Alert.
Angry at the level of animal mistreatment witnessed at the Johor Zoo, Sean hit out against the Malaysia Department of Wildlife and National Parks (Perhilitan) director general Rashid Shamsudin for neglecting the animal’s suffering.
“By permitting Johor Zoo to remain open, Rashid Samsudin is allowing those poor animals to suffer. This is an act of negligence. He should have resigned a long time ago,” he said.
Malaysian Friends of the Animal’s (MFOTA) spokesperson Hasrul Mohamed told FMT that wildlife cruelty can be witnessed throughout the zoo.
Hasrul expressed concerns regarding the cages and pens which he described as not being in compliance with the minimum standard specifications outlined in the Wildlife Conservation Act 2010. He was also not sure as to whether the zoo had a veterinarian on hand to treat and care for sick animals.
“Cruelty can be seen every where in the zoo. It is an open secret. We doubt if any of the cages meet the requirements stipulated under the Wildlife Act and we question as to how the zoo can still be allowed to operate when it is obviously breaking the law,”
“Do they hire any vets? It is a legal requirement under the new act, and if so, how has he or she allowed such brutality to continue,” Hasrul added.
Hasrul then cited examples where Sun bears are made to live under extreme stressful conditions due to the deplorable and inhumane conditions of their cages.
“Nature Alert have filed a complaint to Perhilitan which was clearly ignored (and they act) as if nothing has happened.
“If you go to the zoo you can see how stressed out the Sun bears are.” More....