The 'Ugly Truth' behind the dog and cat meat trade

Letter to Editor                                        3 May 2019

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) is disheartened to learn that the culture of eating dogs and cats has caught on in Malaysia with Vietnamese nationals selling dog and cat meat in Selangor and Johor Bahru.   The trend has even caught up with a group of Indonesian men in Shah Alam killing a stray dog with a parang after which they then cooked his meat to eat.

The publication of video footage of workers from a steel manufacturing company torturing and killing a dog was grotesque. The company has since apologised following criticisms from social media users. Although the company affirmed action taken on the incident would be posted on its Facebook page, SAM has yet to receive any word from them in writing.

It is sad to know that our current Animal Welfare Act 2015 (Act 772) does not prohibit killing of animals including dogs and cats for the purpose of human consumption. However, the eating of dog and cat meat must never be excused as a cultural prerogative. Slicing limbs off living animals and slaughtering them in a manner that is nightmarish in its brutality is not culture—it is barbarism—and that is the crux of the issue.  Culture and tradition can be used to excuse all manner of dreadful acts against people as well as animals, but truly it is often used as a smokescreen for behaviour that is cruel and inhumane.

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200 nelayan pantai Changkat diancam pencemaran

Keadaan air sungai di Changkat yang hitam pekat, busuk dan berminyak     gambar : SAM 

Kenyataan Akbar                                   26 April 2019

Lebih kurang 200 nelayan pantai di Changkat daerah Seberang Perai Selatan (SPS) Pulau Pinang terjejas sumber pendapatan mereka berikutan masalah pencemaran sungai dan laut yang semakin serius berlaku di kawasan itu.

Kejadian tersebut yang sudah berlarutan sejak lebih 10 tahun yang lalu itu gagal diambil tindakan oleh kerajaan negeri ini dan jabatan yang terlibat walau pun berpuluh aduan telah dikemukakan oleh nelayan terbabit termasuk SAM.

Masalah itu bukan saja telah menyebabkan ikan,udang,kerang,siput,sotong dan ketam yang menjadi sumber tangkapan utama nelayan-nelayan pantai di sini semakin berkurangan tetapi paling membimbangkan SAM ialah hasil tangkapan mereka kadang kala merosot mencecah 70% ketika ini.

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Orang Asli Development Blueprint must recognise their customary land rights

Press Release                                          25 April 2019

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) supports the New Straits Times editorial published on April 24, 2019, titled, NST Leader: “A meaningful future for the community.” 

The editorial was written in conjunction with the recently held 2019 Orang Asli Convention, where the Prime Minister announced the plan to develop a National Orang Asli Development Blueprint. 

SAM welcomes the announcement of the blueprint and shares the view that such a national plan is long overdue.

The editorial raises at least three important points that must be taken into account in order to ensure that the blueprint will meaningfully serve its purpose. 

First, the development of the blueprint requires comprehensive consultations with the Orang Asli community themselves. 

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Kajian Baru Mendedahkan Krisis Perdagangan Antarabangsa Plastik “Kitar Semula”

Siaran Media                                            23 April 2019

Kuala Lumpur / Hong Kong / Berkeley, USA, 23 April 2019 — Pencemaran air, kematian tanaman, penyakit serta pembakaran terbuka sisa plastik telah melanda Asia Tenggara di samping plastik “kitar semula” dunia, berdasarkan kepada laporan GAIA (Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives) dengan analisis data perdagangan sisa global oleh Greenpeace East Asia.

"Sisa plastik dari negara maju melanda komuniti di Asia Tenggara, mengubah kawasan yang dulunya bersih dan subur menjadi tapak pelupusan toksik. Ianya tidak adil bagi negara dan komuniti yang mempunyai kurang keupayaan dan sumber untuk menangani masalah pencemaran plastik dijadikan sasaran tapak lambakan plastik pakai-buang yang dijana di negara maju,” kata Von Hernandez, penyelaras global gerakan Break Free from Plastic.

Untuk mengukur perubahan aliran sisa plastik “boleh dikitar semula” sebelum dan selepas larangan pengimportan sisa luar negara oleh negara China pada tahun 2018, Greenpeace East Asia telah mengumpul data import-eksport dari 21 pengeksport tertinggi - dengan Amerika Syarikat, United Kingdom, German dan Jepun paling tinggi - dan 21 pengimport sisa/skrap plastik tertinggi.

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New research exposes a crisis in the global trade of "recyclable” plastics

Press Release                                         23 April 2019

Kuala Lumpur / Hong Kong / Berkeley, USA, 23 April 2019 — Water contamination, crop death, illness, and the open burning of plastic waste have all flooded into Southeast Asia along with the world’s “recycled” plastics, according to a report by GAIA (Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives) with data analysis on the global waste trade from Greenpeace East Asia.

"Plastic waste from industrialised countries is literally engulfing communities in Southeast Asia, transforming what were once clean and thriving places into toxic dumpsites. It is the height of injustice that countries and communities with less capacity and resources to deal with plastic pollution are being targeted as escape valves for the throwaway plastic generated by industrialised countries,” said Von Hernandez, the global coordinator of the Break Free from Plastic movement.

To measure changes to the flow of ‘recyclable’ plastic waste before and after China’s 2018 foreign waste import ban, Greenpeace East Asia collated import-export data from the 21 top exporters — with USA, UK, Germany, and Japan at the top —  and 21 top importers of plastics scraps.

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MASA UNTUK MELINDUNGI, BUKAN UNTUK MEMUSNAHKAN

Surat Kepada Pengarang                                            20 April 2019

 

Sempena Hari Bumi pada 22 April tahun ini, Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) ingin mendedahkan fakta bahawa satu per lima spesies mamalia ditemui di Malaysia menghadapi kepupusan. Ini menurut data yang disediakan oleh Bank Dunia pada 2015, yang mendedahkan pada 2014 sebanyak 70 spesies daripada 336 mamalia berada dalam bahaya. Klasifikasi khusus ini meletakkan Malaysia di tangga ketujuh di dunia, manakala di Asia Tenggara di tempat kedua hanya selepas Indonesia di mana 184 spesies berisiko (pertama di dunia).

Malaysia adalah negara paling berbahaya di dunia bagi spesies yang sudah pun berisiko. Kemunculan berterusan berita hidupan liar di media memerlukan perhatian serius daripada kerajaan dan pihak berkuasa berkaitan. Daripada menjerat, kematian di jalan raya, gajah mengganas di kawasan kampung dan memusnahkan tanaman, primat berisiko, pembunuhan beruang matahari hinggalah kepada memakan telur penyu, penjualan hidupan liar melalui media sosial dan senarainya berterusan.

Gajah terancam dengan serius disebabkan pencerobohan oleh manusia yang tidak pernah berakhir terhadap habitatnya. Sebaik berlakunya amukan di kampung ia disifatkan sebagai gajah yang ganas yang menceroboh ke dalam ruang manusia, walaupun sebenarnya secara sah,tanah itu asalnya milik mereka. Dalam kes kampung, ladang dan kebun yang semakin dekat dengan habitat liar, hidupan liar selalunya di pihak yang kalah. 

Pada September 2016, kehilangan tujuh gajah pigmi Borneo dalam kolam berlumpur berdekatan tapak pembalakan di Rinukut, jalan Kalabakan-Keningau di Tawau satu peristiwa yang amat tragik. Kematiannya merupakan satu tamparan besar kepada usaha pemuliharaan Sabah untuk memulihara 1,500 atau gajah yang masih ada di dalam hutannya.

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TIME TO PROTECT, NOT DESTROY

Letter to Editor                                       20 April 2019

In conjunction with Earth Day April  22nd this year, Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) would like to highlight the fact that at least one-fifth of mammal species found in Malaysia is facing extinction.  That is according to a data provided by the World Bank in 2015, which revealed  that in 2014 as many as 70 species out of 336 mammals were in danger.  This special classification ranks Malaysia seventh in the world, while in Southeast Asia it is second only to Indonesia which counts 184 species at risk (the first in the world).

Malaysia  is the  most dangerous country in the world for species already at risk.   The continuous emergence of wildlife news in the media warrants serious attention from the government and the relevant authorities. From snaring, roadkills, elephant wreaking havoc on villagers and destroying crops, primates at risk, killing of sunbears to consumption of turtle eggs, sale of wildlife through social media and the list goes on.

Elephants are seriously endangered because of endless human encroachment into their habitats. Once rampages occur in a village they are characterised as rogue elephants for intrusion into human space, when rightfully, the land was originally theirs. In cases of villagers, farms and plantations closing in on wild habitats, wildlife is always the losers.

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CAP and SAM welcome federal government’s clarification about Penang reclamation project

Press Statement                                     19 April 2019

CAP and SAM are relieved to read the clarification by Federal Territories Minister Khalid Abdul Samad that the National Physical Planning Council (NPPC) has not approved the Penang South Reclamation (PSR) project.

We welcome very much the decision of the NPPC not to approve the reclamation project as yet but to give 18 conditions to the state government, and to ask the state to engage with local communities and ensure their needs are considered.

Yesterday we had expressed dismay about the statement by Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow that the NPPC had approved the project with 18 “advices,”  after the NPPC meeting chaired by the Prime Minister.

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Go ahead for Penang South Reclamation Project is shocking

Press Release                                         18 April 2019

The Consumers Association Penang (CAP) and Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) are shocked and disturbed to learn that the controversial Penang South Reclamation (PSR) project has been given the go-ahead by the National Physical Planning Council (NPPC),with the imposition of 18 points of advice (nasihat) to the Penang State Government.

We do not know how the PSR could be approved when there were huge financial, social and environmental concerns over the project, including its effects on the livelihoods of local fishermen who will be affected by the project.

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Kebenaran Meneruskan Projek Tambak Laut Selatan Pulau Pinang Amat Mengejutkan

Kenyataan Akhbar                                  18 April 2019

Persatuan Pengguna Pulau Pinang (CAP) dan Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) amat terkejut dan kecewa apabila mendapati bahawa Projek Tambak Laut Selatan Pulau Pinang (PSR) yang menjadi kontroversi telah diberikan kebenaran untuk meneruskan projek oleh Majlis Perancangan Fizikal Negara (NPPC), dengan mengenakan 18 perkara sebagai nasihat kepada Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang.

Kami tidak mengetahui bagaimana PSR boleh diluluskan apabila terdapat begitu banyak kebimbangan mengenai kewangan, sosial dan alam sekitar yang amat besar terhadap projek itu, termasuklah kesannya ke atas kehidupan nelayan tempatan yang akan terjejas oleh projek itu.

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