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Malaysian wildlife trade hampering conservation efforts

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) expresses great concern that Malaysia has been, for the wrong reasons, identified by TRAFFIC (a wildlife trade monitoring network) as a popular transit country used by criminal networks for the lucrative illegal wildlife trade.

The theme for this year’s World Environment Day, celebrated on 5th June, is Fight against the Illegal Trade in Wildlife. It is apt for SAM to reiterate our call to the relevant authorities to stamp out illegal wildlife trade that put Malaysia in the wrong spotlight:

  • Malaysia was the top exporter of tropical logs in 2013 (3.5 million cu m),
  • A primary source of illegal shipment of agarwood (7 metric tonnes between 2005 and 2014 seized),
  • One of the top reptile skin illegal exporters.
  • In 2010 and 2013 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) destroyed a total of more than 2,241 poachers’ traps and 1,728 illegal camps.

Malaysian wildlife doomed to extinction?

The continuous emergence of wildlife news in the media warrants serious attention from the government and the relevant authorities. Malaysian wildlife faces a desperate fight for survival into the future and without urgent intervention, many of our country’s endangered species will soon be wiped out.

They are being driven to extinction by many factors including habitat loss, hunting and poaching, population expansion, expansion of oil palm plantations, logging and opening up of forested areas for agricultural produce, dams and highways and above all, the flourishing illegal wildlife trade.

Who are the killers - Sharks or people?

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) is both shocked and disappointed at Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry Minister, Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek’s outright refusal for a nationwide law on shark hunting and finning and dismissing it as an industry in the country.

The minister could be either ill-informed or is not aware that shark populations are under serious threat and now require total protection. Perhaps the major obstacle in drawing up plans to conserve and protect sharks is either one may possess only the most basic knowledge of shark ecology and behaviour, or very little understanding of their numbers and population dynamics.

SAM: The Hidden Side of Factory Farming of Food Animals

Meat consumption has grown sharply along with the rising prosperity of developing countries. As a result of this, large-scale livestock farming is now widespread throughout the region. However, an increasing number of people are becoming concerned with the conditions the animals are raised and how they are being treated.

Deaths of pygmy elephants still unsolved


Several months have passed and Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) is still wondering who or what is responsible for the untimely deaths of the 14 pygmy elephants which died between December last year and January this year in a forest reserve in central Sabah.

It is hard to fathom why it has taken so long for the analysis to be revealed and only after several letters to editors from readers, came the revelation from the director of Sabah Wildlife Department that the histopathological analysis detected the presence of a caustic intoxicant.