Saturday, August 24, 2019

Death Sentence for Red-eared Sliders

It is upsetting to read the news on Thursday that about 2,600 red-eared sliders (Scientific name: Trachemys scripta elegans) were handed the death sentence by the Wildlife and National Parks Department.

According to Perhilitan director-general Abdul Kadir Abu Hassan, a total of 2,800 of these baby terrapins said to be worth RM52,550 had been seized from the luggage of two Indian nationals arrested at KLIA2 on June 20, 2019. (Note: This included the two hundred that had already died due to poor health). 

Red-eared sliders are popularly kept as pets – and they are the most commonly traded turtles in the world.

And because of pet releases, this particular Chelonian has become an invasive species. In fact, the red-eared slider is included in the list of the world's 100 most invasive species published by the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) – meaning, Perhilitan cannot spare them and release the species into the wild. 

Also. it would be too expensive for the said department to take care of them. 

Malaysia has gained notoriety as a major transit point for wildlife smugglers. We really need to beef up enforcement.

On Thursday, in the Europa League qualifying play-off match between Celtic and AIK, the former ended a turbulent nine-day spell by taking a significant step towards the Europa League group stages after beating AIK 2-0 in Glasgow. 

Neil Lennon spoke of the "hysteria" around his team after their Champions League exit to CFR Cluj and an underwhelming League Cup win – but second-half goals by James Forrest (48) and Odsonne Edouard (73) eased them to victory over the Swedish side.

On Friday, I was at the “King vs Queen” stand-up comedy performance in KL featuring Douglas and Kumar:

A massively enjoyable show – but I seriously think the fillers were unnecessary.

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