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Category: Animal Rights EN

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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Songbirds need to be protected from human greed

The Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) is as equally concerned as the National Task Force (NTF) agencies at reopening Malaysia’s international borders. The opened borders will certainly entice poachers to return to the Malaysian jungles and help themselves to our wildlife heritage. This may spell doom for the country’s many endangered wildlife particularly our songbirds which are in high...
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CAP: Ban the use of rat poison in the form of pellets

  The Consumers Association of Penang calls on the authorities to ban the use of rat poison in the form of pellets. The call is made in view of a number of pet owners whose pets have died after consuming the poison pellets. Prior to the incident pet owners have seen local council workers throwing the pellets on the grass along the road. When confronted the local council workers said that the...
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Stop the culling of wildlife

Sahabat Alam Malaysia is deeply shocked and disturbed by the recent shooting of a family of 20 dusky langurs (Trachypithecus obscurus) in Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan on 20 May 2021 by the Negeri Sembilan Jabatan Perhilitan (wildlife department). SAM was alerted to a social media post uploaded by a person named Nurul Azreen Sultan about this incident that went viral bringing attention to the...
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Wildlife trade is rapidly depleting Malaysia’s biodiversity

Recent reports on the rampant trapping and smuggling of the popular songbird Oriental Magpie-Robin (murai kampung) is just the tip of the iceberg. Almost 27,000 of Oriental Magpie-Robin had been confiscated in just 44 incidents between 2015 and 2020 and Malaysia has been implicated in the trafficking of the birds. It is ironical that Oriental Magpie-Robin is not protected under wildlife...
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WORLD WILDLIFE DAY: STATES MUST PAY GREATER ATTENTION TO NATIONAL POLICIES AND INTERNATIONAL COMMITMENTS

Today is the World Wildlife Day with a really apt  theme, ‘Forests and Livelihoods: Sustaining People and Plants’. The theme this year was chosen to highlight the central role of forests, forest species and ecosystem functions in sustaining millions of people globally, not only for indigenous and forest-dependent communities but also the public at large. It reminds us of our forgotten...
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