Consumers Association of Penang

Giving voice to the little people...since 1970

Deployment of armed guards crucial to combat wildlife poaching

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.

Pandas are not bartering tools

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.

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.