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Category: Animal Rights EN

GM mosquito release in Malaysia surprises opponents and scientists—again

Even scientists were surprised by the release of GM mosquitoes in Malaysia, reports of The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)*. Medical entomologist Bart Knols of the University of Amsterdam worries that surprises such as the releases in Grand Cayman and Malaysia may erode public trust and provide anti-GM groups with ammunition. Helen Wallace of the...
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10 things you should know about GM mosquitoes

The National Biosafety Board (NBB) has recently approved an application from the Institute for Medical Research (IMR) to release genetically modified (GM) male Aedes aegypti mosquitoes. IMR wants to conduct field experiments in Bentong and Alor Gajah to see how far the males fly and how long they live for. The aim of this GM technology is for the GM male mosquitoes to mate with wild female...
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Cruelty of the international bird trade

People are fascinated at the sight and chirping of birds in pet shops and are willing to pay huge sums just to own an exotic species. But "bird lovers" show hardly any concern at the trauma suffered by birds captured in their country of origin, during transportation and mortality before reaching the country of destination. Where the legal trade has decimated wild bird populations, the illegal...
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The rights of an ant

Raju Z Moray I SAW a little red ant crawling up my sleeve. Without batting an eyelid I slapped it out of existence. Nothing unusual? Right! You would have done the same thing yourself? Absolutely! Now just wait a minute. Think of it this way. I just sentenced a living creature to death. It had done me no harm. It was probably just lost and trying to find its way home. To its loved ones, waiting....
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Oh no, not monkeys in apartments

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) is pleased that the Natural Resources and Environment Ministry is reviewing the licences of pet owners in urban and apartment buildings and hopefully will also stop issuing them licences. Apartments and industrial areas are not ideal places for the keeping of macaques. Life in captivity would be stressful for the animals in addition to the stress experienced as a...
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Time is running out for the birds!

Massive clearing of greens and the relentless chopping of trees to make space for frenzied development for hideous concrete structures have taken a toll on birds. Much of the areas that are now urban centres, agricultural and industrial areas used to be wetlands, forests and other habitats for birds. Humans, principally developers are ignorant of the fact that trees provide birds with food,...
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Full commitment needed to fight wildlife trafficking

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) is finally relieved to learn of the revocation of all licences and permits issued to a notorious wildlife smuggler and the confiscation of all his animals and reptile by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and the Wildlife department. However SAM is extremely concerned that with one wildlife trafficker caught others will fill the void.  The trade in...
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Say “no” to animal experimentation

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) is part of the coalition group comprising the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV), the European Coalition to End Animal Experiments (ECEAE) and the SPCA. We refer to the meeting of the four Malaysian ministries over the proposed building of an animal-testing laboratory in Malacca. SAM is of the view that before opting for more such facilities, there...
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Malaysian wildlife kingpin mentioned in National Geographic: Make investigations public

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) had received queries on follow-up action pertaining to the National Geographic report, “Asia’s Wildlife Trade: The Kingpin” (Jan 2010), concerning the alleged involvement of a high-ranking officer from the Department of Wildlife and National Parks with a notorious wildlife dealer. This investigative write-up in a well-known magazine is very serious and the claims...
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