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Friday, February 03, 2006

Animal Island Show Update

Hi people!

Many have asked about the outcome of the Animal Island Show that was held on the grounds of Tesco Shah Alam, so I've decided to give you an update.

To recap, I had sent out a letter to James McCann, the CEO of Tesco (see my blog entitled RSC Demands Tesco Explanation), but until today, I've not received any response from him.

The good news is that when I spoke to a lady who identified herself as McCann's personal assistant, she assured me that the Animal Island Show will be told to vacate the premises.

To check up on them, I visited the Tesco Shah Alam grounds soon after and found that the Animal Island Show had indeed vacated their premises.

The bad news is that we don’t know where they have moved to, so if anyone out there can help, please let us know so that we can continue to monitor the organisers to ensure the wildlife do not suffer.

Meanwhile, I had also telephoned the Department of Wildlife and National Parks and spoke to the Deputy Director, Aziz Che Man to enquire what action his department would be taking against the organisers of the Animal Island Show, and to ensure that such abuse does not recur.

However, Aziz responded that he had visited the show, and as far as he is concerned, the organisers have a valid permit to own the wildlife that was displayed.

He further claimed that although the law did protect wildlife from abuse, what constituted “abuse” is very subjective and (despite the report in the Star on Jan 21, 2006) in his opinion, no abuse had taken place.

I then wrote a Letter to the Editor which was published in the Star on Feb 2, 2006. RSC supporters, Cynthia Hassan and Louisa Ponnampalam have said they and their friends intend to send letters of complaint to Tesco’s headquarters in the UK.

We will find out the e-mail address and post it here soon, so that each one of us can similarly write a letter of protest to them. We encourage all of you to write too in support of the RSC so that Tesco and similar hypermarkets will behave more responsibly in future.

One thing is for sure, without you, we will not be able to put a stop to animal abuse, be the victims dogs, cats, wildlife or any other of God’s creatures. So people, we need your continued help and support to set things right. Please help us to help the animals. Thank you.

Shoba Mano.

1 Comments:

  • At 1:49 AM, Blogger Louisa Ponnampalam said…

    It is very interesting to read that the wildlife department did not think that the state of the animals at Animal Island was deplorable.

    My biggest regret yet is that I didn't bring along a camera on that day I went to the exhibit to 'investigate'.

    I wonder if there was a way to demand that they show us the 'valid permit' that the organizers of the show had?

    Not only were most reptiles in small,filthy aquarium boxes,HUGE monitor lizards in cages that are not big enough for them to turn around properly,monkeys chained to steel bars (the pig-tailed macaque in the cage looked absolutely withdrawn and suicidal),pythons the width of car tyres in tubs,wrong labeling and spelling of the animals(with mostly wrong information),frogs and birds and monitor lizards that had no labels,I do believe that there were wildlife species in there that come under the CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna) Appendix 1 list,which "generally prohibits commercial international trade in specimens of these species".

    The brochure of Animal Island did not even have a company name or contact person's name.All it said was "For enquiries,call....(the number)".

    So my question is:How does one justify the whole thing? How could the organizers have gotten a 'valid permit'? The exhibition was,in my opinion too exotic to be legal.Where did all that wildlife come from and how did it enter Malaysia?

    So if anyone out there comes across a similar exhibition,I urge you to alert the media or an environmental NGO or people from the RSC.

    At the end of the day,there isn't much that can be done if the organizers really have a valid permit and are operating 'legally' BUT all that exotic wildlife do not deserve to be kept the way they were/are.

    If such shows are meant to expand the knowledge of children,then it should be done the proper way...not in the way Animal Island has/is.

    My 2 cents worth,
    Louisa

     

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