Consumers Association of Penang

Giving voice to the little people...since 1970

Malaysian wildlife doomed to extinction?

The continuous emergence of wildlife news in the media warrants serious attention from the government and the relevant authorities. Malaysian wildlife faces a desperate fight for survival into the future and without urgent intervention, many of our country’s endangered species will soon be wiped out.

They are being driven to extinction by many factors including habitat loss, hunting and poaching, population expansion, expansion of oil palm plantations, logging and opening up of forested areas for agricultural produce, dams and highways and above all, the flourishing illegal wildlife trade.

Who are the killers - Sharks or people?

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) is both shocked and disappointed at Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry Minister, Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek’s outright refusal for a nationwide law on shark hunting and finning and dismissing it as an industry in the country.

The minister could be either ill-informed or is not aware that shark populations are under serious threat and now require total protection. Perhaps the major obstacle in drawing up plans to conserve and protect sharks is either one may possess only the most basic knowledge of shark ecology and behaviour, or very little understanding of their numbers and population dynamics.

SAM: The Hidden Side of Factory Farming of Food Animals

Meat consumption has grown sharply along with the rising prosperity of developing countries. As a result of this, large-scale livestock farming is now widespread throughout the region. However, an increasing number of people are becoming concerned with the conditions the animals are raised and how they are being treated.

Deaths of pygmy elephants still unsolved

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Several months have passed and Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) is still wondering who or what is responsible for the untimely deaths of the 14 pygmy elephants which died between December last year and January this year in a forest reserve in central Sabah.

It is hard to fathom why it has taken so long for the analysis to be revealed and only after several letters to editors from readers, came the revelation from the director of Sabah Wildlife Department that the histopathological analysis detected the presence of a caustic intoxicant.

Sentence for animal poachers too lenient

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) is enraged  and highly perturbed  to learn of the light sentences  meted out over the country's biggest seizure of illegally trafficked tiger.

The court’s ruling concerning wildlife can have wide reaching impacts for the precedent it sets will  not  be a deterrent to  others  as this could lead  to additional killing of other endangered wildlife which the Act is intended to protect.