Media Release on 29 September 2019
SARAWAK FORESTRY Corporation (SFC) dispatched its enforcement team to rescue another sun bear after being tipped off by concerned netizens of a sun bear being kept as pet at a farm house near Kampung Rasau, Serian yesterday.
During the inspection carried out by SFC Swift Wildlife Action Team (SWAT) at the owner’s premises, the owner did obtain a valid licence issued by Controller of Wild Life, Forest Department Sarawak (FDS). However, the owner has violated certain terms and conditions of the license whereby the cage size is too small.
According to the owner, the bear has been taken care by him and his family for over 20 years. The licence was also renewed every year since the first year keeping the animal. After explaining the terms and conditions to the owner, the owner willingly surrender the sun bear. The rescued bear was immediately sent to the Matang Wildlife Centre.
Sun bear is protected under Sarawak’s Wild Life Protection Ordinance, 1998, whereby killing, keeping, selling, buying the animal or its derivatives are prohibited by the law and if found guilty, the perpetrator can be jailed for one year and fined RM10,000. Licence can be applied but applicants must comply with the licence terms and conditions.
“This is our commitment to strengthen efforts to address illegal wildlife trade and tackle wildlife crime/abuse. We will continuously taking action to end poaching and trafficking of protected species of flora and fauna in Sarawak,” said CEO of SFCSB, Zolkipli Mohamad Aton.