JOHOR BARU: Wildlife officers found more than 20 unlicensed wild animals, including parakeets, tortoises and a Red blood python, in a pet shop it raided.
State Wildlife and National Parks Department (Perhilitan) director Hasnan Yusop said the raid was conducted together with wildlife officers from Kuala Lumpur following numerous complaints from the public and a non-governmental organisation.
“We had been receiving complaints about this particular pet shop in Taman Sentosa here since the beginning of the year.
“However, previous checks ended up with no results as none of the alleged animals was found in the outlet,” he said, adding that word was also going around on how the outlet was “protected” and that the authorities could not take action against them.
Upon raiding it at around 1pm on Tuesday, the officers were shocked to find that many of the animals there did not have proper documentation or licences, other than coming across an adult Red blood python in one of the cages.
“Other than the python, we also confiscated a sun conure (parakeet), two green-cheeked conures, two blue-streaked lorises, three rose-ring parakeets, five white-rumped sharma, seven leopard tortoises and four pancake tortoises,” said Hasnan.
“We believe the owner of the shop was selling the animals illegally. We are still investigating from where and how he obtained the animals, and who he was selling them to,” said Hasnan, who added that the shop had been operating in the area for the last 10 years.
The case is being investigated under Section 60(1)(a) and 68(1)(a) of the Wildlife Conservation Act 2010. If convicted, the owner could face a fine of up to RM100,000, a jail term of up to three years, or both.