Consumers Association of Penang

Giving voice to the little people...since 1970

The Hidden Suffering of Poultry

Malaysians consume chicken meat and eggs on a daily basis yet hardly a thought is given to the horrendous conditions in the modern livestock raising systems known as ‘factory-farming’.

Malaysia is largely self sufficient in poultry meat production with over 81% of  the local domestic demand for meat and more than 111% of the country’s demand for eggs met by the local poultry industry.

Rescue and Capture Techniques for Wildlife Needed

Some weeks ago we learnt  of a tragic death of a 6m crocodile after being rescued from a dam in Klang.   To be able to leave up to that size is no mean feat having escaped from its predator  – man -  all this while in a country that has traditionally had a great mistrust of them.

While it was the good intention of the Fire and Rescue Department officers to free  the reptile from its fate, its death brings to mind a very important unanswered question.

Elephants are no match for poachers

Elephants are no match for poachers. The macabre butchering of two Borneo pygmy elephants shows that poachers abound in almost every corner of the country or state waiting to strike when least expected.

In the past, pygmy elephants have become the victims of poisoning reportedly by oil palm plantation workers to deter elephants from eating the fruit of the palm trees.  Last September a group of elephants were stuck in a mud pool in Rinukut for a week leaving seven  dead.

Inhumane Transportation of Livestock

August 29th commemorates the biggest live export disaster which took place in 1996 when a ship carrying 67,000 sheep on board caught fire and disappeared in the Indian Ocean.  The ship was on route from Australia to Jordan – Australia’s biggest market for live sheep – when fire started in the engine room and spread to the crew’s quarters, killing one of the 55 crew members, while the remaining crew abandoned ship.

This tragic incident is not the only one, for another similar incident occurred in 1980, when 40,600 sheep were lost in a fire on a ship travelling from Tasmania to Iran.

Ban using Wildlife in all Human Related Activities

Sahabat Alam Malaysia  (SAM) is sickened to the core to learn of yet another tragic death of a magnificent animal – the jaguar at the hands of a military.  The needless deaths of the jaguar, gorilla Harambe, alligator killing in Disney resort in Orlando, Florida lions in Chile zoo and countless other exploited wild animals have sparked an international outrage, yet  exploitation of wild animals go on.

SAM condemns the incident following the lethal shooting of a jaguar urging for a ban on the showcasing of semi-domesticated animals whether to glorify the military, the Olympics, use in adverts or any human activity.

What kind of values is the Olympic committee trying to portray.  Is their display of such an elegant and graceful animal a show of power and dominance over a lesser creature?  To drug a beautiful animal, have it on chains and displayed  like  a trophy without any regard of what wild animals may be capable of doing is unthinkable.