MALAYSIA - Animals falling victim to violence, abuse and neglect continue to make headlines in Malaysia. We look back at six of the 2013's worst animal scandals.
Although Malaysians would rather forget the horrifying photos and reports of cruelty against animals that have become commonplace in our social media feeds, it'd be heartless to ignore the reality of what's happening.
From the poisoning of endangered elephants to the inhumane killing of unwanted strays, the evidence is clear that Malaysians need to step up efforts to protect the well-being of our animal friends, lest we see more of these sickening cases of unchecked cruelty.
Warning: Some of the videos and pictures are very upsetting - we advise viewer discretion.
Pygmy elephants poisoned in Sabah
A baby elephant caressing its lifeless mother: That was the heart-tugging image that caused an international scandal in January when 14 pygmy elephants - 10 females and four males aged between four and 20 years - were found dead in Sabah's Gunung Rare Forest Reserve. When news broke out that the endangered pachyderms had succumbed to poisoning, allegedly by workers in oil palm plantations bordering the reserve, it hit home hard.
How much of our natural fauna are we willing to sacrifice for profit? Despite rewards posted for information on the culprits, it's doubtful we'll ever know what really happened. Our only consolation is that Baby Joe, who had stayed beside his mother's carcass for days before being found, is doing well.