| Hamidah Ismail |
WITHIN the span of a few days, a number of wild and endangered animals were found to be sold on Facebook. This has prompted wildlife club, 1stopbrunei Wildlife, to come up with a petitioning campaign “GoPetition” urging the relevant authorities such as the Wildlife Division at the Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources as well as the Attorney General’s Chambers to take harsh actions against such activities.
In a preamble written on the petition titled ‘STOP POACHING in Brunei’, the club has requested the authorities to enforce the existing laws against poaching and to add in more endangered animals to the country’s protected List.
The club further added that some species such as the Sunda Pangolins, Malayan Sun Bear and otters are not yet listed under the Brunei Wildlife Protection Act 1974 but has indeed been listed in the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red list. The club hoped that Brunei can be a safe haven for these rare and endangered animal species.
“The opportunity to see these amazing birds and animals in the wild is quite rare in other parts of Borneo and we do not want Brunei to end up like that.
“What will be left for our children and future generation to see then? Do we want to be a country where the only place such animals will exist is in a cage at someone’s house or in a framed photo in a museum under ‘Extinct Native Animals’ exhibition? Of course not,” the club added.
Furthermore, in the ecological point of view, every living organism on this planet is dependent on others to survive. This entire fauna forms a vital part of the ecosystem. The removal of any one of them increases the likelihood of Brunei becoming a home to invasive species that will damage the ecosystem.
Recently, two bear cubs, a leopard cat, pangolins, slow lorises, a red leaf monkey, hornbill, civet cat and eagles were put on sale on Facebook. It is, however, unclear whether these animals have already been sold. One seller has revealed that he has been capturing the animals either from Kg Sukang or Sg Ingei.