Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) is enraged and highly perturbed to learn of the light sentences meted out over the country's biggest seizure of illegally trafficked tiger.
The court’s ruling concerning wildlife can have wide reaching impacts for the precedent it sets will not be a deterrent to others as this could lead to additional killing of other endangered wildlife which the Act is intended to protect.
Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) views the killing of a Malayan sun bear and an Arabian stallion in Malacca Zoo as malicious and vicious. Taking the lives of innocent defenseless animals is a vile and dastardly act.
Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) views the death of 10 pygmy elephants at the Gunung Rara Forest Reserve as the worst disaster to have happened in 2013. Nothing is more poignant than the sight of an elephant calf tugging at its dead mother - a heart wrenching sight that is certain to tug at the heartstrings of even the most hard-hearted person.
CAP and Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) are concerned to learn that Malaysia had signed an agreement and institutional cooperation contract with Norway on Regulatory Framework for Aquaculture in Malaysia and to expand Malaysia’s aquaculture industry.
Unsustainable aquaculture can devastate marine life and the environment and impact on local people's food and security. The United Nation's Food and Agriculture Organization (UN FAO), 2010 report states that 85% of the world’s fish resources are fully exploited or overexploited. To meet the global demand, aquaculture is being promoted but large volumes of wild fish have to be caught to feed the aquaculture industry.
Frequent reports of seizures of pangolins, snakes and tortoises bound for export out of the country is alarming. The wildlife trade has become even more rampant with the illegal sale of wildlife through the internet. Unregulated, anonymous and virtually unlimited in reach, it offers endless opportunities to a flourishing trade in protected wildlife.