Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) views the death of 10 pygmy elephants at the Gunung Rara Forest Reserve as the worst disaster to have happened in 2013. Nothing is more poignant than the sight of an elephant calf tugging at its dead mother - a heart wrenching sight that is certain to tug at the heartstrings of even the most hard-hearted person.
CAP and Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) are concerned to learn that Malaysia had signed an agreement and institutional cooperation contract with Norway on Regulatory Framework for Aquaculture in Malaysia and to expand Malaysia’s aquaculture industry.
Unsustainable aquaculture can devastate marine life and the environment and impact on local people's food and security. The United Nation's Food and Agriculture Organization (UN FAO), 2010 report states that 85% of the world’s fish resources are fully exploited or overexploited. To meet the global demand, aquaculture is being promoted but large volumes of wild fish have to be caught to feed the aquaculture industry.
Frequent reports of seizures of pangolins, snakes and tortoises bound for export out of the country is alarming. The wildlife trade has become even more rampant with the illegal sale of wildlife through the internet. Unregulated, anonymous and virtually unlimited in reach, it offers endless opportunities to a flourishing trade in protected wildlife.
Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) reiterates its stand against the panda diplomacy loan to Malaysia. Loaning and transferring these sensitive animals and putting them on display in zoos causes pandas undue stress and does nothing to protect their rapidly diminishing natural habitat.
Initial findings conducted by SAM and FOTO over the last 6 months, into the state of the zoos, mini zoos, aviaries and animal parks across Malaysia reveal that these animal establishments are not meeting their legal obligations.