BY CHLOE LIM
KOTA KINABALU: The founder and chairperson of Orangutan Appeal UK has called for a more stringent law to be put in place to stop elephant ivory sales worldwide in order to protect the species.
Sue Sheward in an interview with BorneoToday said: “Not just in Malaysia, but around the world where we need a massive movement to ban ivory trade and not just stop it. Let the elephants stay in their habitat safely.
“The Borneo elephants are a critically protected species,” Sue said when met.
According to her, the population of the Bornean elephants is fast depleting and there are less then 2,000 of these around.
Sheward, who is from Surrey, England, has been actively involved in the Orangutan conservation programmes in Sabah since 2000 through the Orang Utan Appeal UK founded by her.
The Orangutan Appeal has also funded 10 local workers at the Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre in Sepilok over the past 10 years, and the organisation has raised a total of RM12 million for wildlife conservation in Sabah.
Disappointed over the death of the Borneo elephant, the Orangutan Appeal has also contributed RM10,000 as a bounty for information leading to the capture of the elephant’s poacher.
“We feel that it is important for us to identify the culprit because what that person did was horrible. If the culprit is still on the loose, this will happen again.
“Therefore we must do our best to assist the State Wildlife Department to track the killer and bring the person to justice, ” she added.