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Malay Mail: The Lizard King Stirs Law Enforcement Discussion

Monday, November 10th, 2008

For years, concerned citizens and organizations in Malaysia have pushed for stronger wildlife laws.  This week the Malay Mail runs a series of articles on wildlife law enforcement.  (The article on The Lizard King, a bit inartfully titled (the call for investigation refers to criminality the book reveals, not to the book itself), includes a small error–the final quote is not from Hamzah of Customs, it was from Perhilitan, and was unsigned.)

Call to Investigate “The Lizard King”
by Sheila Rahman,
Malay Mail, Nov. 10, 2008

The facts in the widely acclaimed non-fiction book on wildlife smuggling, which had been dismissed by the National Parks and Wildlife Department (Perhilitan) in late September as a “work of fiction,” should nonetheless be investigated, said Azrina Abdullah, Southeast Asia regional director for wildlife trade monitoring network, TRAFFIC.

The Lizard King — The True Crimes and Passions of the World’s Greatest Reptile Smugglers by Bryan Christy, which was published in August after four-and-a-half years of research, has been picked this month as an “Editor’s Choice” by the US conservation magazine Audubon, and given the thumbs-up by the New York Times and National Geographic.  [Read the rest of this article here.]

Read the related article, What Price Our Wildlife?  And sign the petition to help reform Malaysian wildlife law here.  (It doesn’t matter where you are from).