By Jennifer Yeap [Admin note: This is in response this February story.\
In February this year Malaysian Friends of the Animals exposed cruelty to sunbears in one of Malaysia’s worst zoos, the Johor Zoo. Prior to that, Shirley the orangutan made headlines around the world when she was photographed smoking cigarettes, many times over. While Abu, another orangutan at this horrific zoo, spent most of his days caged.
While Shirley was taken out of her hell Johor Zoo’s chimpanzees are still spending their daily lives in boredom and at the mercy of visitors. We have previously highlighted the problem of the chimps begging for food from the public, but Perhilitan never took action.
We recently received pictures from a concerned supporter and they proved the problem of public junk food feeding of the chimps is still ongoing. Infact one visitor was seen trying to get the chimps to smoke a cigarette. Isn’t this a violation of the new law which Perhilitan was boastful about?
Let’s not forget Johor Zoo were also exposed for abusing a baby elephant called Paloh in 2011, and it took a campaign to force Perhilitan to confiscate her and another elephant form the zoo. The elephant enclosure at Johor Zoo is still not suitable for elephants to live in and we are against any sent to Johor Zoo, also knowing this terrible zoo’s reputation.
We demand Perhilitan take urgent action to stop public feeding of the chimpanzees at Johor Zoo. The zoo must unsure supervision of visitors is ever present during opening hours. Do Perhilitan want to wait until its too late?
The writer is with Malaysian Friends Of the Animals