Consumers Association of Penang

Giving voice to the little people...since 1970

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 wildlife is very much like  drug trafficking. The business in poaching and trafficking is brutal, secretive and fully globalized.  Driven by low risks and high profits the risks are small and the penalties piffling.  Poachers driven by poverty earn just a small percentage while big time traffickers who control them are willing to serve any time behind bars.  Like any business worth its salt the animal trade continues to expand into new niches.

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.
 

Malaysian wildlife kingpin mentioned in National Geographic: Make investigations public

national-geographicSahabat 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.

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.