I AM appalled by the boldness of the article published December 2, 2014 in the Borneo Bulletin entitled “Petition to act against illegal wildlife trade”, which sends a message to the authorities mentioned.
I feel the need to write is simply because of the presumptuous content of the article and that there is seemingly no consideration for the consequences of revealing poaching locations to the public.
The apparent lack of depth of the article is clearly reflected in the section requesting “to add in more endangered animals to the country’s protected list”. I believe such an appeal shouldn’t exist in the first place because a quick background search on previous national news would have supplied enough facts to both the author and the president of the club that efforts to revise the Wildlife Protection Act have in actual fact already been prompted by relevant officials.
It was also mentioned that amendment to laws will take some time because it involves a network of legal processes and also requires ample amount of research data to back up any decision to protect a particular species of wildlife.
As a citizen and a nature lover myself, I also believe that we are in dire need to stop the poaching of wildlife in our country. However, we should be careful on which approach to take especially when it comes to the publication of news that reaches nationwide. We should all come together and support one another for a good cause and not otherwise.
I strongly urge the relevant party to be more conscious of their audience especially when revealing whereabouts of wildlife findings. This is especially significant for coverage of animal releases that I have seen frequently in the past.
When such news is publicised, it may indirectly create a higher demand for these poor animals because more people, regardless of intentions, now know about the existence of the animal. It directly informs the poachers where to find the animals and it also produces a false impression that the particular area may contain a great deal of prized animal species.
Also, it is just absurd for a serious piece of information to be posted in such trivial manner; with no further investigation to confirm if the animals were really taken from Sukang and Ingei. Little that we know, more animals are now targeted due to the unnecessary attention brought about by mentioning these locations.
For this reason, I hope it can be agreed that an inconspicuous approach by the authorities does not translate to nothing is being done. All in all, I hope my two cents worth of concern will give a different perspective to the issue. Because the truth is, we don’t know for sure what’s happening behind the curtains.
We can choose to aggressively demand for a change right away and possibly meddle with the intended progress of the bigger picture. Or we can choose to have some faith in our authorities and hope for an appropriate update to keep the public in the loop from time to time.
– Concerned wildlife enthusiast