LAST_UPDATEThu, 21 Jun 2018 7pm

Three Detained, RM50,000 Endangered Species Seized

FilePic: New Straits TimesFilePic: New Straits TimesHULU TERENGGANU: Three people, including a woman, were detained by the Terengganu Wildlife and Parks Department for being in possession of RM50, 000 worth of endangered wildlife of various species, following three separate raids.

Department deputy director Suhainah [email protected] said that her officers seized 40 turtles and 20 frogs (katak demam) following two raids at a pig abbatoir at Wakaf Tapai in Marang on Dec 7 and 8.

"We picked up a man and a woman, both aged 60, at the same abbatoir on those two days. They did not have any valid licence to trade in wildlife. We believe the catch will be sold to local restaurants," she said.

Suhainah added in the third raid on Monday, her officers detained a 27-year-old man at his home in Seberang Takir, Kuala Nerus for dealing in protected species via online sales.

The officers, she said, had kept watch on his unlicensed activities for a month and they managed to recover a hornbill and three burung murai batu (humming bird).

All three cases are being investigated under the Wildlife Protection Act, 2010 (Act 716) which upon conviction under Section 60(1)(a) has a fine of not more than RM50,000 or maximum two years jail, or both.

"For this year alone, we have made ten arrests under the Act for various offences. The biggest offender was a man from Besut who was fined RM30,000 for being in possession of ten pythons, three giant tortoises, nine leatherback turtles and 26 katak demam.

-New Straits Times