Malaysia animal rights activists want more action after leopard found dead
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s growing animal rights community has called on the government to do more to ensure the safety of animals in the country. They are speaking out after a leopard’s body was found on the side of the highway in the country.
According to the official Bernama news agency, the body was discovered on Saturday near Kampung Jubai Tengah. It is shocking considering leopards are not a common sight in the Southeast Asian country, government officials told Bikyanews.com on Sunday.
The discovery has led to some panic among villagers nearby as they are fearful for their safety. But animal rights campaigner Yussif Najib said there is nothing to worry about.
“We should worry more about scaring the animals because we continue to develop areas that have been traditionally their habitats,” he told Bikyanews.com in Kuala Lumpur.
The leopard is believed to have been hit by a passing car.
Activists have called on the Wildlife Protection and National Parks Department to track the animal’s mate to prevent any issues that could arise without the other half.
It comes as animal rights groups in the country continue to lash out over the treatment of animals in the country.