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Category: Animal Rights EN

The Tragedy of Captivity – People and Elephants

The tragic death of wildlife ranger Joe Fred Lansou deeply saddens the Consumers Association of Penang (CAP). Incidents like this are a testament to how challenging it is to manage elephants in captive environments.  It is unclear what triggers a sudden elephant attack or why incidents like this occur. On 25 December 2022, Lansou was gored to death by a captive adult elephant while he was...
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Show kindness during Rabbit Year by not keeping one

Every lunar new year is associated with one of the 12 zodiac animals, each bringing with them their own good fortune and strengths.  With just weeks to go before the year of the rabbit is ushered, the Consumer Association of Penang (CAP) urges the public not to be tempted into buying a pet rabbit on impulse. In a consumer-oriented society people are tempted to get the animal associated with the...
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Authorities need to seriously root out wildlife trafficking

The Consumer Association of Penang (CAP) welcomes the news of the arrest of a Malaysian wildlife trafficker and his extradition to the United States. According to the news release by the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) on 30 June 2022, he was arrested by the Thai police in Bangkok. If convicted, this would show the world that wildlife traffickers are criminals and that crime does not...
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Animals hurt in bad light

More people are switching to cost-saving and energy-saving light emission diodes (LED) lights and this includes outdoors such as highways and gardens. No doubt LEDs are energy efficient and generate significantly less heat than their predecessors, incandescent and fluorescent lamps, they, however, is a bane to nocturnal animals. LEDs engender other forms of environmental and human health hazards...
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An undeclared conflict with the elephants

Elephants in Peninsula Malaysia are running out of space as evidenced by frequent reports of human-elephant conflict (HEC) in the local media.  HEC is the result of habitat loss and habitat fragmentation which are the main threats to elephants in Peninsula Malaysia. Hemmed in from all sides, elephants meet many challenges: construction of dams and highways, intensive agricultural activities,...
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Pets do not abandon their owners

The Consumer Association of Penang (CAP) is gravely concerned over the increasing number of abandoned pets in the country. Media reports and social media highlighted abandoned pets are on the rise these days and animal shelters urge people not to abandon their pets as their capacity for abandoned animals is stretched to the limit. It was reported in early June that there were about 10,000 stray...
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Exotic Animals Are Not Meant To Be Pets

The Consumer Association of Penang (CAP) expresses grave concern over the increasing number of exotic pets brought into the country due to their popularity with Malaysians, particularly children. CAP reacts with horror at the thought of parents acquiring exotics for their children just to pacify their demands. Exotic animals are often obtained by people with insufficient knowledge, resources, or...
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Bring those involved in wildlife trafficking to justice!

The Consumer Association of Penang (CAP) lauds the USD18 million (RM80 million) seizure on 10 July 2022 by the Royal Malaysian Customs Department for its biggest seizures of elephant tusks, rhino horns, pangolins and a variety of other threatened animal parts. It is said to be the largest haul in the nation’s history. While the seizure is significant, this recent event is not the first as...
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Free Caged Minds And Stop Building More Zoos

The Consumer Association of Penang (CAP) would like to voice its concerns over a new zoo being built on 20.2-hectare land in Iskandar Puteri, Johor. The objective of having a  zoo is generally as a crowd puller.  The idea of zoos as tourist attractions should be discarded as many of these animal establishments are totally ignorant about proper care for wildlife, leaving the animals to suffer...
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Give Tigers More Space

Conservationists and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are gravely concerned about the dwindling tiger population. As early as 2009, various action plans have been taken with the promising hope of doubling the number of tigers to 1000 by 2020. However, conservation efforts failed to stabilize or increase the tiger numbers and on the contrary plummeted to a critical level of about 150...
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