MIRI: Sarawakians have been told to stop the trading of wildlife meat and wildlife body parts as these activities are reducing the wildlife population in the state.
The Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC) and the General Operations Force recently arrested four persons in Mujong, Kapit in central Sarawak found in possession of meat and body parts of numerous species of wild animals.
In a statement posted on Facebook on Wednesday (Nov 25) SFC said that the trade of wildlife meat and body parts is the leading cause of wildlife extinction in Sarawak.
"We have recently arrested a few people in Kapit town suspected of trying to bring wildlife meat and body parts for sale in Kapit and in other districts.
"Two men, one from Julau and the other from Sibu, were found in Kapit with 40kg of deer meat and body parts.
"Another man was caught with 7kg of porcupine meat while another man was found with 37kg of wild boar meat.
"The Wildlife Protection Ordinance prohibits the sale of meat and body parts of wildlife from protected and non-protected species," read the statement.
SFC also warned that enforcement teams would go all out to stop such trade.
It is an offence to sell or buy wildlife meat and body parts, he said, adding that the consumption of such meat is only allowed for remote interior folks for their survival.
"Selling and buying cannot be permitted," said SFC.
Members of the public with information on those involved in wildlife trade, abusing or keeping wildlife, trapping or hunting these animals must report them to SFC immediately.
The SFC hotlines are 019-885 9996 (Kuching), 019-888 3561 (Sibu), 019-8332737 (Bintulu) and 019-829 0994 (Miri).
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