But "bird lovers" show hardly any concern at the trauma suffered by birds captured in their country of origin, during transportation and mortality before reaching the country of destination.
Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) had received queries on follow-up action pertaining to the National Geographic report, “Asia’s Wildlife Trade: The Kingpin” (Jan 2010), concerning the alleged involvement of a high-ranking officer from the Department of Wildlife and National Parks with a notorious wildlife dealer.
Frogs which play an important part in reducing the number of insects and pests in padi fields are commonly slaughtered to satisfy the palates of Malaysian gourmets. Seasoned with garlic and fried chillies frogs are a gastronomic delight in restaurants. Frog meat and legs have become the pride of Malaysian cuisine.
The very word insects conjures up images of creepy crawlies that hide in dark places and jump at you when you least expect it. People are actually terrified of them and they are always viewed as a nuisance.
I SAW a little red ant crawling up my sleeve. Without batting an eyelid I slapped it out of existence. Nothing unusual? Right! You would have done the same thing yourself? Absolutely! Now just wait a minute. Think of it this way. I just sentenced a living creature to death. It had done me no harm. It was probably just lost and trying to find its way home. To its loved ones, waiting. But I had a fear. Fear that it may bite me. So it was my problem. My psychological problem. And I killed another living creature because of it.