Letter to the Editor 2 March 2020
With each Chinese New Year welcoming a particular animal in the zodiac, each bringing with them their own good fortune and strengths, pet shops and petting farms go all out to import the animals associated with the zodiac animal signs of that year.
In this year of the rat, a petting zoo farm is drawing in the crowd with its import of foreign breeds in the rodent family such as the capybara, porcupine, degu, dormouse, chinchilla and Sphinx rat, to name a few, as exhibits.Read more
The continuous emergence of animal abuse news in the mass and social media warrants serious attention from the relevant authorities. The shocking number of animal cruelty cases happening quite uncontrollably is just the tip of the iceberg as most cases are never reported.
Cruelty and neglect cross all social and economic boundaries along with media reports suggest that animal abuse is common in both rural and urban areas.
Animal cruelty encompasses a wide range of cruel conduct that includes leaving pets behind unattended during long holidays, chaining up a pet for life without any chance for the animal to relieve itself, scalding an animal with boiling water, abandonment when the animal becomes blind or diseased, and malicious wounding or beating.
Companion animals such as dogs and cats are often abused although smaller animals like hamsters, guinea pigs, rabbits, reptiles and exotic pets that are mostly caged up are often overlooked.
Hoarding behaviour often victimizes animals. Sufferers of a hoarding disorder may impose severe neglect on animals by housing far more animals than they are able to properly house or care for resulting in disease and often death.
Letter to Editor 3 October 2019
4th October is World Animal Day and it is a time to pay heed to the suffering of animals. Many animals endured pain and suffering when abused, neglect or cruelly treated by humans. It can be the causing of harm or suffering for specific achievement, such as killing animals for food, for their fur or even their tusks and body parts and cruelty associated with a given method of slaughter.
Cruelty to animals sometimes encompasses inflicting harm or suffering as an end in itself as in the case of animals killed for food daily. Factory farming causes billions of animals to suffer every year. The industrial nature of these facilities means that many routine procedures or animal husbandry practices impinge on the welfare of the animals and could arguably be considered as cruelty. Campaign groups have suggested that chickens, cows, pigs, and other farm animals are among the most numerous animals subjected to cruelty.
Worldwide meat over consumption is another factor that contributes to the miserable situation of farm animals. But they are not the only ones paying a heavy price. Animal agriculture accounts for a large percentage of the greenhouse gasses associated with climate disruption. Waste from factory farms also makes its way into the air and water supply, poisoning rural communities.Read more
Letter to Editor 14 June 2019
Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) expresses shock at the recent deaths of three elephants at a plantation area of a village in Kampung Sri Timur 3, Kluang, Johor. They were believed to have been poisoned. Their deaths paint a dismal picture for the future of our elephants.
With oil palm plantations encroaching from all sides into elephant habitats, along with logging and agriculture activities, this last decade has seen rapidly shrinking forests combined with destruction of forests and wildlife habitats as the main factors behind this escalating problem.Read more
Letter to Editor 6th August 2018
Friends of the Earth Malaysia (FOEM) an environment NGO in Penang, expresses shock and horror at the massacre of nearly 300 crocodiles in Indonesia’s West Papua province. The loss of a human life is most devastating, but then the crocodile cannot be entirely blamed for following his natural instinct—killing whatever “prey” that had entered into his habitat.
Man’s understanding of crocodiles has been very limited. Normally rare, attacks on human are related to defence of territory, protection of their young or accidental or intentional provocation by humans. Mankind’s overwhelming response to members of the crocodile groups has been unreasonably repugnant. This would be that crocodiles are often perceived as monsters themselves because of their scaly, slithering and brutish form. What is most appalling is the crocodiles reputation as a man eater.
This ill-feeling toward the creatures has erupted into serious consequences that resulted in the unnecessary deaths of many of the crocodiles, which are not at fault. Crocodiles, often demonised as killers of men, are subjected to abhorrent treatment by the mob, whose only intention is to annihilate the creatures out of severe hatred and revenge. This appalling and immoral behaviour is nothing but a violent slaughter of defenceless creatures where the mob seek glory and revenge.Read more
Press Statement 29 September 2017
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.
However few consumers are aware of the way in which most eggs are produced by hens crammed in small wire cage, sometimes in tiers in dimly lit sheds, without access to sunlight or natural surroundings, and so denied the ability to exercise even the most basic natural instincts. The extreme confinement denies or seriously restricts the birds’ freedom to express patterns of behaviour.Read more
Press Statement 13 September 2017
Most people interested in animal welfare would agree that transporting livestock destined for slaughter across a country, an ocean or a continent is a practice that should be discontinued.
Though the status of animal transport in each region presents a somewhat different context, the basic problems of overcrowding, rough handling and ill effects from long rides without rest are essentially the same in all parts of the world. Long distance livestock transport in itself is economically inefficient, but persists largely because of inefficient investment in developing the alternatives.
Donald Broom of the Cambridge University Animal Welfare Information Centre points out that long transport varies by species. Journeys for birds must be considerably shorter because poultry held in crates cannot be effectively fed and watered during transport. For four legged animals standing on a road vehicle subject to movement, they position their feet outside the normal area under the body in order to help them in balancing. They also need to take steps out of this normal area if subjected to accelerations in a particular direction. Hence more space is needed than if standing still. But livestock are seldom allowed much space in transport. Instead haulers typically try to pack as many animals into a vehicle as can be shoved aboard. The animals are kept upright by the pressure of the bodies of the other animals around them.Read more
Kenyataan Akhbar 29 Jun 2017
Letter To Editor 02 September 2016
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.Read more