Put a stop to wildlife trade


SEPANG: In a move against poaching and illegal hunting, all OCPDs nationwide have been given a month to submit reports of any unlawful sale of exotic animals in shops and restaurants.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador said he wanted to ensure all districts were free of such activities.

“We want to curb the illegal sale of wild animals as well as unlicensed restaurants which serve exotic dishes. I want the reports before Sept 18,” he told reporters after attending the Ops Bersepadu Khazanah (OBK) meeting yesterday.

He warned that should the OCPDs fail to submit the reports, stern action would be taken.

“Such shops will be raided if they have been detected,” the IGP added.

He said should any district detect such activities, the OCPDs would be tasked with monitoring the situation closely once the shops were raided.

“We want to ensure they do not reopen,” he said.

Earlier, Johor Ruler Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar had warned that action must be taken against all restaurants serving exotic meat dishes following the arrest of several suspects by police and the seizure of wild animal meat in several districts in the state.

Abdul Hamid said that police had also revoked 1,579 licences for rifles.

“Rifles are used to shoot wild animals such as elephants and tigers. We will not be issuing any more licences for rifles.

“We will revoke the licences in stages. Such weapons can even be modified into automatic weapons,” he said, adding that police had also withdrawn 3,500 hunting requirements for licensed owners of rifles and shotguns.

“Such weapons can be used to combat crop pests, including wild boars. Personally, I hope hunting activities can be drastically reduced.

“Stop this sadistic act, especially those hunting for sport. We understand that certain people such as the Orang Asli have to hunt for their food and they are permitted to do so,” he said.

The IGP also warned anyone against threatening environmental non-governmental organisations or activists, adding that stern action would be taken.

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