Tiger Eyes, Crocodile Penis: It’s What’s For Dinner in Malaysia
Endangered species are increasingly showing up on plates in high-end Malaysian restaurants.
Tiger eyes. Crocodile penis (yes, really). Pangolin meat. Enter a restaurant in Malaysia, and you might see all of them on the menu.
The country has long been regarded as a strategic transit point for smuggling wildlife parts and products to other Asian countries. But now recent evidence from TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring organization, shows a spike in Malaysian demand for wildlife products—in particular, from the exotic food market.
The products come either from wildlife traffickers within Malaysia or from smugglers landing boats from elsewhere in the region along the country’s long, porous coastline.
Smugglers frequently change their modus operandi, Kanitha Krishnasamy said, using “sophisticated concealment methods that make it challenging to detect them.” Animal products and even live animals