Conservationists outraged by tiger killing in Malaysia
Agence France-Presse June 25, 2010
Conservationists on Thursday condemned the killing of a young tiger in Malaysia by a member of a police volunteer force, as the country seeks to reverse a sharp decline in its tiger population.
The killing comes as Malaysia is trying to double its tiger population to 1,000 by 2020. There are only 500 wild tigers left in Peninsular Malaysia, a sharp decline from an estimated 3,000 in the 1950s.
Friends of the Earth Malaysia urged the authorities to punish the offender for shooting the three-year-old endangered Malayan Tiger and to adopt strict gun control policies.
“Immediate and drastic action must be taken against the offender to ensure that this incident is not repeated,” the group said. “The government should review its stand on the issuing of gun licences and control the use of firearms by volunteer police force members.”
Tiger skins and body parts are in demand across Asia where they are used in traditional medicines.
Under Malaysian law, poachers face up to five years in jail