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 is a need to hasten amendments to the Animal Act 1953 (Revision 2006), an archaic law unbefitting to modern society. The Act needs to be tabled first even before the enforcement of rules and standards on use of animals in experimentation through the Act could be considered.

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.

Frogs are in danger of extinction

frogFrogs which play an important part in reducing the number of insects and pests in padi fields are commonly slaughtered to satisfy the palates of Malaysian gourmets. Seasoned with garlic and fried chillies frogs are a gastronomic delight in restaurants. Frog meat and legs have become the pride of Malaysian cuisine.

Without creepy crawlies we won’t survive

In his book, The Diversity of Life, renowned entomologist Edward O. Wilson discusses the importance of insects and land-dwelling arthropods in the ecosystem, saying that “if [they] all were to disappear, humanity probably could not last more than a few months”. Most other life forms, like amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals would also become extinct because of the domino effect that would occur in the food chain.

The very word insects conjures up images of creepy crawlies that hide in dark places and jump at you when you least expect it. People are actually terrified of them and they are always viewed as a nuisance.