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Category: Animal Rights EN

Fireworks are a thing of nightmares, not celebrations

During the multiple New Year's festivities held by the various ethnic races in the country, animals are most adversely affected by the booming, explosive sound of fireworks and firecrackers.  Firework displays are festive and celebratory for humans, but fireworks are terrifying to companion animals with many dogs and cats fleeing in terror from their deafening blasts. Many pets end up lost or...
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Animals have to be included in flood mitigation plans

Flooding causes widespread devastation resulting in the loss of lives and livestock, agricultural crops, and damage to properties. In recent decades it has been aggravated by the effects of climate change that is already happening all over the world. The recurring flood situation in Malaysia has deteriorated. In the event of a flood, there are no safety precautions in place to safeguard or...
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WE ARE NOT SMARTER THAN ANIMALS – OR INSECTS

Scientists have discovered that ants, after collecting the grains and seeds that they need for winter break those seeds down into halves before storing in their nests because breaking them in half keeps them from germinating even through rain and the most perfect germinating conditions. But scientists were stunned when they discovered that coriander seeds stored in the ant nest were broken down...
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AN INSECT APOCALYPSE WILL BE OUR APOCALYPSE

Generally unloved and disregarded, insects are in fact the most successful group of animals on Earth and have been for more than 400 million years. With a million described species (and a lot more still out there to find) and numbers measured in the quintillions, insects underpin almost all terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems. As Harvard biologist E. O. Wilson pointed out; “these are the...
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Rising trend of animal abuse

The alarming trend of animal abuse in the country is of great concern and needs urgent action to stop it. According to Penang Veterinary Services Department chief Dr Saira Banu, cases of cat and dog abuse are on the rise in Penang. Abuse may take many different forms such as beating, scalding, suffocating, bestiality, poisoning, shooting, bashing, starving mutilation, and animal...
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Wildlife protection needs a good plan and political will

The mid-term review of the 12th Malaysia Plan that promises increased protection for endangered species in Malaysia is welcomed by the Consumer's Association of Penang (CAP). We are in favour of the proposal which would involve enlarging protected areas, getting the involvement of local communities, stepping up enforcement operations to combat wildlife crimes, expansion of marine protected areas...
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PROTECT FORESTS FOR ANIMALS

Forests matter for nature – they are home to over 80% of terrestrial biodiversity, including 80% of amphibians, 75% of birds and 68% of mammals. Wildlife depends on trees and forests. Trees provide nesting sites, food, habitat and shelter for a wide variety of animals. From the smallest insects to large predators, everything is represented. (Green is a Mission) “Forests provide habitats for...
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Save The Endangered Turtles

Researchers, environmentalists, and academicians have consistently warned of the impending loss of our invaluable turtle species. The Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) urges the authorities to heed the warnings and take serious efforts to address the problem. The leatherback turtles once drew tourists by the thousands to Terengganu’s Rantau Abang. Instead of admiring this living fossil in...
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A Need to Find a Viable Solution to Living with Monkeys

The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) is concerned and extremely disappointed over the culling of macaques in Batu Caves, Gombak, Selangor in June 2023. The shooting of 20 monkeys, some of those in cages were shot at point-blank range, by the Wildlife Protection and National Parks department (Perhilitan) raised the ire of the Sunway Mas apartment residents who lodged a police report...
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Consider motorised vehicles to pull chariots

The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) attention was drawn to an incident that occurred during a chariot procession related to the Chitra Pournami festival in Teluk Intan, Perak, where a video recording showed bulls struggling to manoeuvre the chariot. At the suggestion of a devotee, it was reported that the handler proceeded to hit the bulls to make them pull the chariot. We are appalled...
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