Letter to Editor 6 February 2020
Sabah has had a challenging year with constant media attention on wildlife issues and numerous deaths of pygmy elephants. In 2019, 24 deaths were recorded with five occurring in the space of four months. These deaths are seldom attributed to natural causes. Illegal hunting, poaching, poisoning and snaring are common causes of these deaths. Although accidents do occur, most deaths appear to have been deliberate, retaliatory killings, after the elephants enter into agricultural areas, where crops are eaten and the ground is trampled. Whatever the motive, the killings are unnecessary.
It is evident that human-elephant conflict (HEC) is a major issue that is now confronting Sabah. These elephants are displaced as a result of the loss of their habitat, which has been divided into sections, impacting their home ranges and natural movement. One of the main causes of these divisions is the issuance of licences for monoculture plantations in the midst of the animal’s habitat. In the end, this has resulted in increased conflicts and killings of elephants in Sabah.Read more
Letter to Editor 4 October 2019
Sabah has made headlines time and again with the deaths of the pygmy elephants. What shocked Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) was the manner in which the poor elephant was brutally gunned down. Not only was it shot at several times, its tusks were also hacked off.
The continuous spate of killing of elephants is reflective of poor government delivery system; that it happens often enough can only mean that those entrusted with the tasks, namely the Wildlife Department are not doing enough.
However, with the public outcry and the latest probe into the incident aided by the police that led to the arrests of the six suspects, there may be light at the end of the tunnel for the remaining elephant population. Credit must be given to the informer too that led to the quick arrests of the suspects.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
Media Statement 27 September 2018
Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) welcomes the Perak State Government’s proposal to establish a Elephant Sanctuary at KM20 Gerik-Jeli Road nearby the Perak-Kelantan border.
However, SAM expects that the area of 40 hectares proposed for the sanctuary would be unable to address conflicts between humans and wildlife, especially elephants. The area of the proposed sanctuary would be able to serve as a place to manage and conserve the wildlife only rather than as an area for roaming and natural habitat.Read more
Media Statement 19 February 2017
FMT Letter September 06, 2013
Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) is outraged over the disturbing visuals shown on Astro Awani’s video over the alleged mistreatment and abuse of elephants taking place at a resort in Malacca. Click to read