WWF-Malaysia Applauds Anti-Poaching Efforts and Calls for the Establishment of a Wildlife Crime Unit | WWF Malaysia

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WWF-Malaysia Applauds Anti-Poaching Efforts and Calls for the Establishment of a Wildlife Crime Unit

WWF-Malaysia commends the Malaysian government’s anti-poaching and wildlife trafficking efforts, following the statement of Energy and Natural Resources Minister, Datuk Dr. Shamsul Anuar Nasarah, that a total of 64 poachers have been caught since early this year. Nonetheless, WWF-Malaysia impresses the urgent need for the formalisation and establishment of a wildlife crime unit within the Royal Malaysia Police force, in order to effectively combat poaching and illegal wildlife trafficking.

With fewer than 200 Malayan tigers left in the wild, protection of this species must be prioritised. We need key actions to address the main threats. Increased patrolling efforts to deter wildlife crime that decimates our tigers and their prey, is a critical step.

In view of this, WWF-Malaysia impresses the urgent need for the formalisation and establishment of a wildlife crime unit within the Royal Malaysia Police force, in order to effectively combat poaching and illegal wildlife trafficking. This unit could function to gather intelligence on poaching syndicates which are part of the larger illegal wildlife trade network. This would ensure that legal action was followed through right from the evidence collection stage to the prosecution process. In most reported cases, those who were prosecuted for hunting endangered species could have been working for foreign syndicates. Putting a stop to these syndicates this should be made a priority, apart from penalising those who are guilty of committing wildlife crimes.

For further information, please refer to the attached media release and we appreciate your support to publish the same. We also thank you for your continuous support in conservation, and please do not hesitate to contact us should you require further information.

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