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Thursday, March 01, 2007

Malaysian Theme Parks Abusing Animals

Below is an article that appeared in the STAR today. This is why RSC has been repeatedly calling on Perhilitan to crack down on theme parks that abuse animals. (See our blog entry below on D-Paradise Resort in Alor Gajah and our other entry on A'Famosa in Melaka.)

Also notice that no where in the story does it say that Perhilitan took any legal action against the management of the theme park or why they are allowing them to continue to operate. If this calf was treated badly are the other animals at the theme park going to fare better?

I guess Perhilitan needs to meet their rescue quota once in awhile so they can look good for the cameras and Press. After all, they have to justify why tax payers money need to be spent on keeping Perhilitan in operation.

Naturally RSC wrote to the Press today about Amid's story below.


THE STAR, Thursday March 1, 2007

ZOO CARING FOR RESCUED CALF


By LEE YUK PENG and MARSHA TAN
MALACCA: Amid was a neglected, malnourished three-month-old elephant calf tied up cruelly at a theme park when he was rescued earlier this month.

Now, he has several caretakers at the zoo here who take turns feeding him milk, bread, oatmeal and glucose drinks many times a day. But it will take a year, at least, to get him back to normal.
Doing better: Zookeeper Hamdan Kamaruddin feeding Amid at the Malacca Zoo quarantine area on Wednesday. The calf’s shoulder blade can be seen clearly.“He's very much underweight compared to a normal elephant calf,” Malacca Zoo director Mohd Nawayai Yasak told The Star yesterday.

“We have put him under a treatment plan, which basically consists of multi-vitamins, to help increase his appetite to make up for the weight loss and this is likely to take up to one year.

Amid was a heart wrenching sight with his vertebrate jutting out and the clear outline of his ribcage showing under his hide.

In early February, the Wildlife Department confiscated the male calf from a theme park and handed him to the zoo.

“We do not know exactly what happened, but we believe that the herd of elephants which Amid belonged too was trying to cross a river to escape a flood when it was left behind.

“The currents were probably too strong for it to cross and the mother had to leave him behind. Such a scenario – a mother elephant leaving behind its calf – is rare,” said Mohd Nawayai.

He said the calf was most likely captured and later sold to the theme park, adding that the captors probably did not know how to tie the elephant, resulting in its neck being hurt.

He believes Amid’s mother is still alive because there had been no report of dead elephants or their carcasses.

Amid, who takes a bath twice a day, is the eighth elephant to join seven others at the zoo, including the three “performers”– Mahkota, Noni and Teh.

Amid is the second elephant calf sent to the Malacca Zoo after being seized. Rio was rescued by wildlife officers and sent to the zoo in March 2004.

6 Comments:

  • At 5:02 PM, Blogger c said…

    Yes i noticed that too. It was so glaringly obvious that Perhilitan did not penalise the theme resort at all.
    You're right about not knowing how that resort is taking care of the other animals.

    I reckon- if people DO go into that resort - to take note if they see anythign out of the ordinary. Better to be proactive for the sake of the animals there.

    A lot of animal protection organizations gather evidence first to ensure that irresponsible companies and person(s) cannot laugh off the allegations.

     
  • At 3:43 PM, Blogger Shoba said…

    Yes, I understand what you are saying. But there is no point in going to the resort to look for abuse.

    There is really no decent and trustworthy body in Malaysia where you can report an abuse and expect the government to take action.

    DVS and Perhilitan are only for show and that is why it is up to the public to do something.

    And the best thing to do is NOT to go to these places at all. These resorts, theme parks thrive because people go there.

    The moment ppl stop going there, they will lose money and this will force them to reassess the way they operate.

    If they find ppl are not amused by them forcing animals to perform shows then they will stop because they don't want to drive the crowd away.

    I know some ppl may think, "I'm only one person. Their business is not going to close just because I don't go."

    Please don't think that. RSC always advices ppl not to take action based on the end result. Take actions based on changing the man in the mirror. YOURSELF.

    Take a stand for your own sake. Your own soul and your children's. The rest, God will take care of.

    So please! DON'T GO TO THESE PLACES AT ALL. And make sure you tell as many ppl as possible why you aren't going.

     
  • At 4:01 PM, Blogger HOPE said…

    Hi Shoba

    Great article in the STAR, I like the one where you comment about Perhilitan wants to look good in media by going out to the field once a while to 'rescue'...Hope that will wake the half past six authorities!

     
  • At 5:23 PM, Blogger Shoba said…

    :)

     
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  • At 8:52 AM, Blogger Shoba said…

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