Author Sahabat Alam Malaysia / Friends of the Earth Malaysia

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People concerned about animal welfare would not accept the way chickens are treated if they knew the reality. It is about time Malaysia’s Ministry of Agriculture looked into a Farm Animal Act prohibiting the rearing of birds in cages, crates or other forms of intensive confinement.

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Elephants in Borneo may soon disappear because of habitat destruction and fragmentation, driven by plantation agencies, palm oil developers and logging industries.

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In this age of extinctions, governments love to trumpet any rare or unique findings of species. Publicity can generate support to prevent species from becoming extinct, but it may also backfire when publicity incites the interest of poachers and betrays details of a species’ location.

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That they are dangerous is clear, but like many things in nature, crocodiles do not set out to hunt humans. Crocodiles and humans may never coexist in peace, but knowing and understanding how to avoid becoming a croc’s dinner is an important first step.

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Reptiles may be cold-blooded, but wearing their skins is cold-hearted. The trade in exotic animal skins, and those of reptiles in particular, victimizes thousands of animals to fulfil the demands of luxury fashion houses.