80 Sparrows Believed To Be Poisoned By A Farmer In Langkawi

Oh no! This is terrible!

Around 80 Eurasian Tree Sparrows were found dead in Ulu Melaka, Langkawi on Sunday (18 October).

80 sparrows believed to be poisoned by a farmer in langkawiPhoto via BERNAMA

A resident, Shahrizan Saad told BERNAMA that the birds were found dead on trees, rooftops, and fences with yellow fluid oozing out from their beaks. 

The carcasses were initially found at 6 pm, around the residential area near a paddy field.

A farmer admitted to Shahrizan that Furadan pesticides were used on the rice seeds as he does not want his paddy field to be eaten or destroyed by the birds. 

The Langkawi district Wildlife and National Parks (PERHILITAN) assistant officer Mohd Nazri Amran told BERNAMA that no action could be taken against alleged offenders except advising them as house sparrows are not listed as a protected species in the Wildlife Conservation Act 2010.

80 sparrows believed to be poisoned by a farmer in langkawiPhoto via BERNAMA

Pertubuhan Pasukan Tindakan Haiwan (AAT) on Facebook urged the authorities to charge the perpetrator under Section 31 of the Animal Welfare Act 2015, as poisoning animals without any authorisation is considered an offence. 

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This is so sad. Malaysians, next time you see any wild animal or birds in your area, please let the authorities handle it!

By: Aishah Akashah Ahadiat