Lasah will remain at Langkawi

Here comes bad news for friends of Lasah, the ageing work elephant: Despite public outrage at his alleged  ill treatment and a long campaign to secure his release, Lasah will remain at the Langkawi Elephant Adventures (LEA) amusement park on Langkawi island in Kedah. Malaysian wildlife authorities have decided they saw no reason…

Lasah ‘isn’t Abused.’ Is that really So?

Lasah ‘isn’t Abused.’ Is that really So?

Lasah is fine, thank you very much. He isn’t lonely or sad or neglected or abused. Now if you could please stop bugging us about him, that would be much appreciated. This is essentially the gist of an answer that the management of the Langkawi Elephant Adventures Park (LEA) has given in…

Lasah remains in Chains … for Shame

Lasah remains in Chains … for Shame

You would think that it would be a simple matter: following a public outrage over his ill-treatment, wildlife authorities would step in and rescue Lasah, an ageing work elephant, from facing further daily abuse at a tourist site. But no, you would be wrong. Last July the conservationist group Friends of the Orangutans (FOTO) first…

Treat Lasah as if he was a Panda

Treat Lasah as if he was a Panda

All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others. This truism is sadly true not only in the dystopian world of George Orwell’s classic novel “Animal Farm,” but also in the world of animal welfare in Malaysia. As we have point out on Clean Malaysia, even as…

Three months on, Lasah the Elephant remains in Chains and Bondage

Three months on, Lasah the Elephant remains in Chains and Bondage

Back in July, as we reported on Clean Malaysia, the plight of Lasah caused widespread outrage. The 36-year-old elephant bull, an investigation by the animal rights group Friends of the Orangutans (FOTO) revealed, was kept in chains and bondage at the Langkawi Elephant Adventures amusement park. He was used for…

The Grave Threat of Rampant Logging

The Grave Threat of Rampant Logging

Tree by precious tree forests around Malaysia are getting stripped of their greenery. The reason: woods are harvested for timber or they are cut down so that their places can be taken by oil palms. And not even protected forest reserves are being spared. Upreshpal Singh, a noted environmentalist who…

Let’s Save Lasah the Elephant

Let’s Save Lasah the Elephant

Lasah, a 36-year-old Asian elephant, has never had it easy. Caught in the wild as a young animal, he would find himself forced to work in logging, where he endured backbreaking hardships. He would also find himself confined to small enclosures in a zoo, where visitors came to gawk at…