The following message is from my twisted sibling who for some odd reason best known to herself hasn’t put it up on her own blog. She has also written about Al-Jazeera’s coverage of some zoos and “animal parks” in Johor here (in Malay) that has made a lot of people angry (the actions of the zoos and parks, that is).
Dear Blogger / Media Friend,
On 18 February this year a disturbing video was uploaded onto YouTube by a concerned citizen. The video, shot at the A ‘Famosa Resort in Melaka, showed an insentient tiger being forcefully postured to pose for a series of paid photo shoots.
Video : http://bit.ly/bMoRcm
The video, which recently made its rounds on Facebook and Twitter, caused an uproar particularly among Malaysian social media users.
As a result, these social media users mobilised their friends and followers online to write to the management of A ‘Famosa Resort expressing their discontent and demanding explanation regarding the manner in which the tiger was treated. Letters were also sent to the media and some were published.
A ‘Famosa representative, Eric Ong, responded by saying the tiger was simply “lazy” and that it was in the tiger’s “nature” to behave inertly. He also denied any possibility that the tiger was sedated.
By and large, Malaysians who have watched the video find it difficult to accept that the tiger was naturally insentient. They are also disturbed by the manner in which the tiger was treated and that it was exploited for paid photo shoots.
A random group of Malaysian social media users have since established a Facebook Page called “Stop Animal Abuse at A’ Famosa!” to raise public awareness. The Page has garnered support from over 5,000 Facebook users to date. The issue is also widely discussed on Twitter under the hash tag #TolongTigers.
These concerned Malaysians are planning a “Public Awareness Campaign” day-trip to A ‘Famosa Resort on 29 May 2010 at 10:30am to advocate better treatment for wildlife living in captivity. They strongly believe that the livelihood and dignity of wildlife living in captivity is the collective responsibility of all Malaysians.
Page : http://bit.ly/agMMXu
Event : http://bit.ly/ch8Rmb
Please help create awareness among your readers by highlighting this issue in your blog / publication. Your support at the A ‘Famosa Resort this weekend will also add great value to the cause. Hope to see you there.
No it’s not a trip to the zoo. It’s a campaign at the zoo. Animals do not exist for human entertainment. Humans do.