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.
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.
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.
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.
Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) views the killing of a Malayan sun bear and an Arabian stallion in Malacca Zoo as malicious and vicious. Taking the lives of innocent defenseless animals is a vile and dastardly act.