JOHOR BARU: The Wildlife and National Parks Department (Perhilitan) has raided a pet shop here and rescued 23 exotic birds.
State director Salman Saaban (pic) said based on information, four Perhilitan enforcement officers carried out inspection at the shop located in Taman Kota Masai near Pasir Gudang at around 5.30pm on Friday (June 4).
“We found 15 white-rumped shama or locally known as burung murai batu, two Hwamei birds, two blue-crowned hanging parrots and three jungle fowls.
“Besides the birds, the department also seized 16 bamboo cages and three iron cages from the shop, ” he said here on Saturday (June 5).
Salman said following an interrogation, the 34-year-old pet shop owner admitted to not possessing any approval letter from Perhilitan to keep the wildlife.
He said all of the items are valued at RM13,800 and have been seized to help with further investigations.
“This is the second time the same premises has been raided by Perhilitan in less than a year for a similar offence where the case is still being investigated, ” he added.
Salman also said a police report has been lodged and the case is being investigated under Section 716 of the Wildlife Conservation Act 2010.