YOUR story “Foreign executives hungry for business … and pangolins” (Weekend Bulletin, dated February 21, 2015) is to an extent true. The situation in Brunei, according to me, is slightly different.
More than foreigners, it is the appetite of locals for exotic meat, that is driving up the demand.
The expert’s view maybe right in general, but in the Brunei context we have to deal with it differently.
The selling of such exotic wildlife on the social media and in the market are challenges the concerned ministry has to deal with.
I have seen news of a wildlife club doing its part to save such animals being sold on the social media many times. But I have hardly seen officials cracking down on the practice.
Brunei Darussalam banned shark fishing in June 2013. This ban would assist in the stock recovery and to prevent further species loss culminating in the loss of the marine biodiversity of the region, and with particular emphasis to waters in Brunei. These resources should be well-managed and taken care of so that they would always be sustainable for generations to come, the Minister of Industry and Primary Resources had said.
Sharks are still openly being sold in Brunei showing little regard for the ban.
Now the expert has warned that Brunei’s Sunda Pangolin could become the choice delicacy for some business people who see the consumption of its meat as a status symbol.
It’s time we act and take a strong stand. For that rules and regulations have to be strengthened and tough punishments meted out against those found guilty.
– Take a Stand