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.
Earthworks on steep hill slopes at Mount Erskine, Penang – SAM calls on authorities to explain whats going on
Earthworks and hill-cutting being carried out on very steep slopes at Mount Erskine in Penang Picture : SAM
Press Statement 18 Nov 2019
Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) is gravely concerned and alarmed over earthworks and hill-cutting being carried out on very steep slopes at Mount Erskine in Penang, quite close to the Mont Residence apartments in Tanjung Tokong.
SAM was alerted to the hill-cutting by concerned Penangites, who shared pictures of the on-going earthworks.
We understand that a significant part of the hill cutting involves slopes above 250 feet (75 m) and are on very steep gradient above 25 degrees.
SAM has also learnt that in September 2018, Penang Hills Watch (PHW), which is an NGO initiative, alerted the State Authorities and the Majlis Bandaraya Pulau Pinang (MBPP) about the hill cutting activities.Read more
Kerja-kerja tanah dan pemotongan bukit dilakukan di cerun yang sangat curam di Gunung Erskine Gambar : SAM
Siaran Akhbar 18 November 2019
Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) amat cemas dan bimbang berhubung kerja-kerja tanah dan pemotongan bukit yang sedang dijalankan di kawasan cerun yang amat curam di Mount Erskine, Pulau Pinang, berdekatan dengan pangsapuri Mont Residence di Tanjung Tokong.
SAM dimaklumkan berhubung kerja memotong bukit oleh penduduk Pulau Pinang yang amat prihatin dengan keadaan itu, yang turut berkongsi gambar kerja tanah yang sedang berjalan.
Kami difahamkan bahawa sebahagian kerja pemotongan bukit yang begitu ketara itu melibatkan cerun melebihi 250 kaki (75 meter) dan berada pada kecerunan yang amat curam iaitu melebihi 25 darjah.
SAM juga mendapati pada September 2018, Penang Hills Watch (PHW), yang merupakan sebuah inisiatif Pertubuhan Bukan Kerajaan (NGO), telah memaklumkan kepada pihak berkuasa dan Majlis Bandaraya Pulau Pinang (MBPP) mengenai aktiviti pemotongan bukit.Read more
Surat Kepada Pengarang 11 November 2019
Pendedahan terbaharu oleh Ketua Polis Negara (KPN) bahawa ada VVIP terlibat dalam pemburuan dan perdagangan haram hidupan liar amat membimbangkan. Menghentikan pemburuan haram ini memerlukan tindakan menentang mereka yang kaya dan berpengaruh yang sering berkaitan dengan kumpulan jenayah terancang.
Ia bukan hanya mengenai menangkap dan memenjarakan pemburu kerana terdapat bekalan tanpa henti pemburu haram ini. Mengejar pemburu atau penyeludup kecilan mungkin bukan penyelesaiannya tetapi sasaran perlulah ke arah pemain besar dalam rangkaian pemburuan dan pegawai kerajaan yang menerima rasuah. Di antara penyeludup hidupan liar ini, VVIP ini, orang yang ditakuti dalam masyarakat kita, biasanya ahli perniagaan besar yang menyembunyikan tindakan jahat mereka dengan mengeksploitasi status mereka untuk manfaat mereka sendiri, kalangan yang rapat dengan mereka atau organisasi mereka.Read more
The latest revelation by the Inspector General of Police (IGP) that VVIPs are involved in the illegal wildlife trade and poaching is indeed cause for concern. Stopping poaching requires action against these wealthy and influential bosses of often extremely well connected organised crime gangs.
It is not just about catching and jailing poachers because there’s an endless supply of them. Going after small time poachers or traffickers may not be the solution, but the aim should be toward the big players in the poaching network, and corrupt government officials. Among wildlife traffickers, these VVIPs – the scourge in our society – are typically big business people who cover up for their evil actions by exploiting their status to benefit themselves, those close to them, or their organisations.
Media Statement 31 October 2019
In solidarity with Indonesian colleagues, Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) joins civil society groups around the world to call on the Indonesian government to launch a thorough and transparent investigation of the suspicious death of human rights defender, Golfrid Siregar. We are endorsing an international call on the Indonesian government to urgently protect its human rights defenders.
SAM is at the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia in Penang today to participate in an international action in delivering the shared concerns of over 200 civil society groups on this issue to Indonesian Embassies around the world. Groups across Asia, Latin America, Europe, Africa, and others will personally deliver our collective letter of solidarity and concern to Indonesian Embassies.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
Surat Kepada Pengarang 4 Oktober 2019
Sabah sekali lagi menjadi tajuk berita utama dan sekali lagi mengenai kematian gajah pigmi. Apa yang mengejutkan Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) ialah cara gajah itu yang ditembak dengan kejam. Bukan hanya ditembak beberapa kali, gadingnya juga turut dipotong.
Kejadian pembunuhan gajah yang berterusan ini menggambarkan betapa lemahnya sistem penyampaian kerajaan; ia sering berlaku dan ini sudah cukup untuk menggambarkan bahawa mereka yang diamanahkan dengan tugas ini iaitu Jabatan Hidupan Liar tidak melakukan sesuatu yang cukup berkesan.
Bagaimanapun, dengan bantahan orang ramai dan siasatan terbaharu terhadap insiden itu yang dibantu oleh pihak polis yang membawa kepada penangkapan enam suspek, mungkin masih ada harapan bagi bilangan gajah yang masih ada. Pujian mestilah diberikan kepada pemberi maklumat yang membawa kepada penangkapan segera suspek itu.Read more
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
Press Statement 1 Oct 2019
Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) is shocked to learn from media reports that an illegal granite quarry has been carrying out its activities despite the authorities knowing of its operations since 2016. According to media reports today (in the Star), the state government has known about the illegal quarry since its expose in May 2016.
Further, it has been reported that the Penang Island City Council (MBPP) had issued a stop-work notice in February and May this year but the operator continued to carry out the quarry works.
It is indeed mind-boggling and shocking that the government authorities have not acted with more urgency, despite the non-compliance by the quarry operator of the stop-work orders and the violation of all the relevant laws in place.
To compound matters, the illegal operations have been taking place partly on hill lands above 76m (250 ft.), which is contrary to the Penang Structure Plan, especially for activities of this sort which involves quarrying and blasting.Read more