MIRI: Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC) enforcement units carried out a series of raids throughout Sarawak this week in a statewide operation against abuse of wildlife, rescuing a variety of rare species.
Raids were carried out in the markets in Miri, Kuala Baram, Kuching, Kota Samarahan, Matang, Sibu, Julau, Selangau, Bintulu and Kidurong, Serian and Bau.
Among the species of rare animals seized from wildlife traders and keepers were barred eyed owl, buffy fish owl, blue crowned hanging parrot, spotted dove, Borneon terrapin, tortoises, and live pythons.
There were also slaughtered pythons and wildboar parts.
SFC Chief Executive Officer Zolkipli Mohamad Aton said the enforcement units carried out surprise raids after gathering information.
"Our SFC teams sought the help of the police, the local councils and the Sarawak Forest Department to help in the numerous raids over several days targetting wet markets in commercial and residential areas.
"A police report was also lodged in one of the raids against those caught possessing wildlife.
"However, there were many of these wildlife traders who managed to escape before our enforcement teams arrived. Some left behind the wildlife behind when they escaped.
"SFC will be relentless in our statewide crackdown against wildlife abuse and exploitation.
"We mean business," he said.
Zolkipli said aside from enforcement raids, SFC teams would also erect posters in wet markets warning traders against selling wildlife.
"Education and awareness campaigns are important too aside from enforcement. Our long-term goal is to stop the abuse, trading and eating of wildlife in Sarawak, he said, adding that they had set up SFC hotlines to tackle wildlife abuse in Sarawak.
These hotlines are in Kuching (019-8859996, 016-8565564) in Sibu (019-8190140, 019-8894474) in Bintulu (019-8223449) and in Miri (019-8224566, 019-8290994).
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