Consumers Association of Penang

Giving voice to the little people...since 1970

Torture in our zoos


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.

SAM says no to panda cub deal


Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) strongly objects to the government’s decision to bring in the giant pandas into Malaysia for a ten year loan.
News of  loan of pandas came as a shock, as in 2009 and subsequently in 2011 SAM had opposed the move to bring in the pandas.

Urgent need for ban on shark finning

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) is highly disturbed at news of shark finning carried out regularly in the diving haven of Sipadan, off the coast of Semporna in Sabah.

There is no reprieve for sharks as calls from academics, divers, conservationists, social activist and NGOs for a ban on shark hunting have proven futile, following a disclosure from the Sabah Department of Fisheries that a total ban on shark hunting could not be imposed, as not all shark species found in Malaysian waters are endangered, and killing is at a sustainable level.

Time is running out for the birds!

Massive clearing of greens and the relentless chopping of trees to make space for frenzied development for hideous concrete structures have taken a toll on birds.

Much of the areas that are now urban centres, agricultural and industrial areas used to be wetlands, forests and other habitats for birds.

Humans, principally developers are ignorant of the fact that trees provide birds with food, shade and shelter that keeps the birds cool.

Full commitment needed to fight wildlife trafficking

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) is finally relieved to learn of the revocation of all licences and permits issued to a notorious wildlife smuggler and the  confiscation of all his animals and reptile by  the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and the Wildlife department.

However SAM is extremely concerned that with one wildlife trafficker caught others will fill the void.  The trade in wildlife is very much like  drug trafficking. The business in poaching and trafficking is brutal, secretive and fully globalized.  Driven by low risks and high profits the risks are small and the penalties piffling.  Poachers driven by poverty earn just a small percentage while big time traffickers who control them are willing to serve any time behind bars.  Like any business worth its salt the animal trade continues to expand into new niches.