These two images have gone viral on social media and messaging apps.

Malaysia: Perhilitan investigating viral pix of people with dead Tiger
By Simon Khoo, 14th October 2016;

The Wildlife and National Parks Department (Perhilitan) is investigating images of several individuals posing next to a dead Tiger (Panthera tigris jacksoni) that have gone viral on social media.

“We take a serious view of this matter and have ordered a probe to be carried out to check the authenticity of the images,” said Perhilitan director-general Abdul Kadir Abu Hashim.

“Investigations into the case will be done under Section 68(2)© of the Wildlife Protection Act 2010 for hunting Tigers without a special permit,” he said in a statement to The Star Friday evening.

The offence carries a jail term of up to five years and a maximum fine of RM500,000, upon conviction.

Abdul Kadir said his officers were now going all-out to track down those responsible and verify the exact location where the photo was taken.

Tigers are a protected species and it is illegal to kill or maim them, unless in a life-threatening situation.

He urged those with information on the case to call the Perhilitan hotline at 1-800-88-5151 (8am to 6pm) or to file a report on its website at www.wildlife.gov.my.

Source: The Star

Two individuals posing with the carcass of a dead Tiger.
Photo: MYCAT Facebook

Malaysia: Shocking images of dead Tiger sparks rage, Perhilitan investigating
By Amar Shah Mohsen, 14th October 2016;

Just over a month after the Wildlife and National Parks Department (Perhilitan) made one of its biggest seizures, which include Tiger skins, pictures of a dead Malayan Tiger (Panthera tigris jacksoni) being dismembered is now making its round on social media.

The images, which portrayed several individuals posing with the carcass, has sparked anger and disgust among netizens, who were less than impressed with yet another poaching case of the already “critically endangered” species.

In one of the images, an individual is even seen slitting open the Tiger’s belly while two others looked on.

Although it is yet to be confirmed where the incident took place, it is believed to have happened in the country.

Perhilitan Deputy Director-General II Fakhrul Hatta Musa said the images had most likely been taken in either the National Park, Pahang or in Perak.

He said the department is now in the midst of investigating when and where exactly the incident took place, and who were behind the poaching.

“In fact, we (Perhilitan) are having a meeting later today to discuss, among other things, the graphic images,” he said when contacted earlier, adding that a statement would be released soon.

Meanwhile, wildlife trade monitoring network Traffic senior programme manager (Southeast Asia) Kanitha Krishnasamy said the incident should be a reminder of the continuous and ongoing illegal trade in the country.

“This is not a good sign, when a decade ago the country signed up to a national plan to double the number of wild Tigers.

"If we don’t want to lose a national icon, then the only way is to send a strong message to the poachers and illegal traders … that those caught will face the full force of the laws we have in place,” she told theSun.

If found guilty, offenders face a maximum of five years in jail or RM500,000 fine or both under the Protection of Wildlife Act 2010.

It is estimated that the current Malayan Tiger population in the country is currently below 350, despite the government targeting at least 1,000 of them by 2020.

Just on Sept 2, Perhilitan announced the seizure of animal parts worth RM2 million and arrested 12 individuals including two Malaysians.

The department seized ivory, Pangolin (Manis sp.) scales, various body parts of Hornbills (F. Bucerotidae), Tiger skins and teeth, Bear (F. Ursidae) claws and bones and skulls believed to be from wild mammals.

Source: The Sun Daily

Malaysia: Orang Asli kids kill Tiger
Malaysian Nature Society President Henry Goh said the incident took place last week in Pahang
13th October 2016;

Pictures of two Orang Asli children killing a Tiger have gone viral on social media.

Following that, a wildlife watchdog is appealing to Malaysians to come forward to identify the people behind the killing.

Malaysian Nature Society President Henry Goh said the incident took place last week in Pahang.

“The Tiger was killed with a snare, usually used by the Orang Asli. They will wait for the Tiger to walk into the sharp snare that kills the animal,” he told FMT.

Goh posted the pictures of the incident on his Facebook page today, urging people with knowledge on the incident to contact the Department of Wildlife and National Parks (Perhilitan) at 1 300 801 010 or call MNS at 019 3564194.

He said MNS was saddened by the incident as it came at a time when there were only about 250 to 300 Tigers left in Malaysia.

The figures were obtained through footprints in the thick rainforest in Belum Forest in Pahang and Endau Rompin Rainforest in Johor.

He said poachers continue to use Orang Asli to kill wildlife in Malaysia.

“The poachers will give a bit of money to Orang Asli to kill the animals.

"In return, they make thousands in US dollars by selling the skins and other organs on the underground international market.”

MNS, he said, is hoping to preserve Tigers, which are a national symbol.

“We should protect it,” he said.

Between 2010 and 2013, more than 2,241 poachers’ traps and 1,728 illegal camp sites were discovered by NGOs conducting research in Peninsular Malaysia’s forests.

The Protection of Wildlife Act 1972 imposes a maximum penalty of a five-year jail term and a RM15,000 fine on offenders.

Source: Free Malaysia Today

Poaching is a very real threat to the Tiger’s survival in Malaysia. These photos surfaced recently, and Perhilitan is investigating the incident. If you have any information, please come forward. Report anonymously to the Wildlife Crime Hotline 019 356 4194 or directly to Jabatan Perhilitan Semenanjung Malaysia through 1800 88 5151. And add your voice to the call for #NoMoreDeadTigers at bit.do/mycatpetition

Source: Malaysian Conservation Alliance for Tigers (MYCAT) Facebook

Indonesia: Sumatran Tiger rescued from Wild Boar snare in West Sumatra

27th May 2016;

A Sumatran Tiger (Panthera tigris sumatrae), which was trapped in a Wild Boar (Sus scrofa vittatus) snare in a hilly forest of Nagari Mandeh Village, West Sumatra, was rescued and evacuated by the local Natural Resource Conservation Agencys (BKSDAs) rescue team.

The team arrived in the area at 11:30 a.m. local time and managed to rescue the Tiger, which had been trapped since Tuesday (May 24), after making the big cat unconscious by shooting a tranquilizer dart, Head of Area III Conservation of West Sumatra BKSDA Surajiya stated here on Friday.

The Tiger would be brought to the Wildlife Cultural Kinantan Park in Bukittinggi District for rehabilitation.

“After undergoing rehabilitation, we will observe the Tiger’s recovery. If possible, we would return the Tiger to its habitat,” Surajiya affirmed.

Meanwhile, Chief of the Nagari Mandeh Village of Koto XI Tarusan Sub-district Jasril Rajo Basah expected the Tiger to be returned to its habitat near the village since the wild cat had not disturbed the day-to-day life of the villagers.

In fact, the village chief and local people acknowledged that the Tiger had several times helped the local people who had lost their way in the forest.

Moreover, the Tiger had become a natural predator of Wild Boars, which ravaged the peoples agricultural areas.

“We live side by side with the Tiger, therefore we hope the big cat will be returned here soon,” Basah added.

Source: Antara

Indonesia: Sumatran Tiger rescued from Wild Boar snare in West Sumatra

Indonesia: Death of rare Sumatran Tiger draws ire, scorn

By Apriadi Gunawan, 11th March 2016;

Enviromental activists have condemned the killing and butchering of a Sumatran Tiger (Panthera tigris sumatrae) by residents of Silantom Tonga village in North Tapanuli regency, North Sumatra.

Activists from the Sumatra Rainforest Institute, Scorpion, the Indonesian Species Conservation Program and the Orangutan Information Center on Thursday flocked to the North Sumatra Police headquarters in Medan to urge the force to thoroughly investigate the mistreatment of the Tiger.

A spokesperson for the groups, Panut Hadisiswoyo, said they had called on the police to take tough action against the police officer reported to have shot the Tiger dead after it wandered into Silantom Tonga.

“This was a barbaric act and a violation of law,” Panut said after meeting officers from the North Sumatra Police’s special crime directorate.

When Tigers wandered into villages, he went on, they should not be killed, but shooed away back into the jungle.

“Ironically, it was a police officer — who should be aware that the Sumatran Tiger is a protected animal — who shot the Tiger,” he said.

Directorate head Adj. Sr. Comr. Robin Simatupang said the force would begin investigation upon reception of complete reports from the North Tapanuli Police.

The 1.5-meter female Tiger weighing 80 kilograms was shot dead by an officer from the Pangaribuan Police on Monday, at the request of local people who had alerted the police after the beast wandered into the village.

The villagers then dismembered and butchered the carcass, distributing the meat to local households to be eaten.

Such practices are locally referred to as binda, a tradition whereby any wild animals encountered are slaughtered and eaten.

Anthropologist and noted Batak cultural figure Bungaran Simanjuntak of Medan State University insisted that eating wild animals, especially protected ones, was not a Batak tradition.

If certain Batak communities ate Tiger meat, he said, it might mean they were related to a certain cult or local tradition.

“For a long time now, we Bataks have shunned eating the meat of Sumatran Tigers,” Bungaran said.

Animals traditionally eaten by the Batak people as part of certain traditions included Buffalo, Swine, Cows and Goats, he said.

Bungaran added that although the killing of the Tiger was intolerable, he did not want to rush to blame the denizens of Silantom Tonga.

“It’s possible that they didn’t realize that the Sumatran Tiger was a protected species,” he suggested.

To prevent similar incidents from reoccurring, he urged authorities to inform villagers of which species were endangered and should not be eaten.

North Sumatra Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA) protection section head Joko Iswanto said the agency would summon 50 residents of Silantom Tonga for questioning.

Questioning, Joko said, would be carried out in stages, starting from village leaders to local community figures. “We will announce later whether they are guilty or not,” he said.

“We have noted 50 names allegedly involved in the distribution of the Tiger meat,” he added.

BKSDA data show that the population of Sumatran Tigers in North Sumatra is sharply decreasing as a result of conflict with humans.

In 2014 a Sumatran Tiger was speared to death by people in Toba Samosir regency, while last year, a 5-year-old Tiger almost died after having its leg amputated. The leg was decaying after being caught in a trap set by residents in Batu Madinding subdistrict, Batang Natal district, Mandailing Natal regency.

The Wildlife Conservation Society Indonesia Program (WCSIP) has recorded a decrease in the population of Sumatran Tigers from 150 in the 1990s to 100 as of today; the majority live in and around Mount Leuser National Park, which straddles the border between North Sumatra and Aceh.

Source: Jakarta Post

Indonesia: Death of rare Sumatran Tiger draws ire, scorn

A photo session a moment before cutting the Tiger into pieces. Parts of the Tiger body were distributed among the local community for cooking/meal.
Photo: Emvawari Candra Sirait/Mongabay

Indonesia: A Critically Endangered Sumatran Tiger snared, killed, and eaten, Indonesian NGO Group insists on full investigation
10th March 2016;

A group of Indonesian NGOs on Thursday (10th of March 2016) visited Sumatran Provincial Police in Medan to insist a full investigation of a case of Sumatran Tiger (Panthera tigris sumatrae) which was snared, killed, and eaten in North Tapanuli, North Sumatra province of Indonesia.

The NGO group comprises Scorpion Foundation, Sumatra Rainforest Institute (SRI), Indonesian Species Conservation Programme (ISCP), and Yayasan Orangutan Sumatra Lestari (YOSL)-OIC. Representatives from these NGO’s met with the Head of Special Crimes Unit at the North Sumatra Provincial Police, Superintendent Robin Simanjuntak.

“We from the environmental NGOs come here to insist full investigation of the Sumatran Tiger which was snared, killed, and eaten in North Tapanuli. Sumatran Tiger is a protected species in the Indonesian law and regulation, and listed as a critically endangered species by the World Conservation Union (IUCN),” Gunung Gea, Director of Scorpion Foundation, told Superintendent Robin Simanjuntak in the meeting. Gunung Gea was appointed by the NGO group members as the speaker of the group in the mission to the North Sumatra Provincial Police.

It is reported by the media that the Tiger was snared by illegal hunters in Silantom village, sub-district Pangaribuan, North Tapanuli Regency in Sumatra. The Tiger was then shot dead by a police officer (Kapolsek Pangaribuan) Mr. VS. The body of the Tiger was cut into pieces and distributed among the local community for cooking/meal.

Superintendent Robin Simanjuntak told the NGOs that he could not make any decision yet on that case before receiving a report from the head of District Police in North Tapanuli Regency. A decision will be taken by the provincial Special Crime Unit after receiving complete information from the head of district police in North Tapanuli.

Source: Scorpion Foundation