MIRI: Nature lovers here are angry that a group of traders from China who are selling their products at Miri Bintang Plaza Megamall are also abusing wild birds and collecting money for so-called "fortune-telling".
Malaysian Nature Society (MNS) Miri branch chairman Musa Musbah said he had forwarded a complaint on the matter to the Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC).
"Abusing wildlife is bad enough, what more abusing wildlife for commercial purposes.
"This is an act of cruelty towards animals.
"In the first place, how and where did these China traders source these wild birds? Did they smuggle them into Miri or did they capture them here locally?
"Both are against our wildlife laws, and I have informed the SFC enforcement unit," Musa said on Sunday (Sept 1).
The traders are operating inside the lobby area of the Bintang Plaza complex in Miri city centre.
They have colourful wild birds in cages so small that they cannot even move, and members of the public are asked to pay for the birds to pick a fortune card for them.