Blatant sale and slaughter of wildlife in Miri

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  • Sunday, 03 Feb 2019

Cruelty in Miri. In stalls like these there are live animals and wildlife sold and slaughtered. This picture was taken at the Centrepoint Tamu Miri.

MIRI: Information is swiftly flowing from the public on the blatant sale and slaughter of wildlife in Miri city.

On Sunday (Feb 3) morning, The Star received information about the sale of live terrapins, tortoises, squirrels, reptiles and cages being hidden beneath counters that may include monkeys.

The sale of wildlife is reportedly happening in Centrepoint Tamu and Tamu Muhibbah here, Pujut Corner area, Pujut Padang Kerbau area, Tudan E-Mart Tamu and in mobile vans.

A lady said she witnessed squirrels and terrapins being sold and some that look like they have been freshly-slaughtered in Centrepoint Tamu.

The Star had forwarded the information to Miri Mayor Adam Yii and to the Sarawak Wildlife Department but has yet to wait for action to be taken.

When contacted, Malaysian Nature Society (MNS) Miri chairman Musa Musbah said the authorities should act without delay.

"We had received similar information about cruelty towards animals and wildlife, and had forwarded information to the authorities.

"Sadly, there is little result. Those with the power entrusted to them should stop such cruel trade.

"They must do the job entrusted to them," he said.

On Friday (Feb 1), The Star Online highlighted the cruelty and subsequent rescue of two macaques in Miri.

The Sarawak Forestry Corporation and Sarawak Forest Department are in charge of wildlife issues while the Miri City Council is in charge of trade licensing.

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