Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) is enraged and highly perturbed to learn of the light sentences meted out over the country's biggest seizure of illegally trafficked tiger.
The court’s ruling concerning wildlife can have wide reaching impacts for the precedent it sets will not be a deterrent to others as this could lead to additional killing of other endangered wildlife which the Act is intended to protect.
Judges and prosecutors should realise that even with increased enforcement capability, poachers will not be deterred unless the courts hand down appropriately severe penalties that are proportional to the severity of the crime committed.
A dead tiger can never be replaced and it is a great loss to a species whose number has plummeted to less than 500. The issue of wildlife crime must be taken seriously and wildlife law must be aggressively used to protect endangered species and ecosystems....