Posts Tagged ‘Sheila Rahman’

Malay Mail Interviews Bryan Christy

Tuesday, November 11th, 2008

The Malay Mail has run an impressive series of articles on the illegal wildlife trade.  Yesterday saw a story on The Lizard King’s role in illuminating the need for stronger wildlife laws in Malaysia.  Today appears a double-barelled feature on The Lizard King and the importance of Malaysia to controlling the flow of illegal wildlife.  You can read the stories with their photos as they ran here.  Malay Mail Lizard King Stories .  Following is the text:


Wildlife trade flourishes in Fortress Malaysia:
Weak enforcement laws attract smugglers

WILDLIFE smugglers search the world for countries with weaker enforcement
policies and when they find one, they route their illegal trade
through that country, said lawyer Bryan Christy, author of widely-acclaimed
book The Lizard King –The True Crimes and Passions of the
World’s Greatest Reptile Smugglers

“To understand this, one needs to only look at the number of high-technology
multinational companies that have made Malaysia home. Companies
recognise when laws are favourable to business. So do smugglers.
Strong protections for investment attract good companies; weak protections
for wildlife attract others.”


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).