Referring to the article dated 20 November 2020 headlined “Don’t be strict on Kapit folk who sell wild boar meat” and 23 November 2020 titled “Give leeway to wild boar meat sellers in Kapit”, Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC) wishes to clarify that everyone is treated the same under the law.
“The Wild Life Protection Ordinance, 1998 does not permit any sale of wildlife including non-protected species taken from the wild. It’s an offence punishable under the ordinance to sell or to buy wild animal meats,” said SFC in a statement today.
However, native residing in the native area is permitted to hunt for their self-consumption but not for sale or trade.
“This is to ensure that rural communities continue to have the food that they need. Studies show that wildlife trade in town is the single cause of the decline of wildlife and deprived to rural communities of their source of protein.”
In our course of duty in Mujong, Kapit recently, SFC together with PGA team has conducted an awareness program to cut off wildlife supply to other parts of Sarawak.
On 13th November 2020, we have come across two people from Julau and one from Sibu Jaya in possession of 31 kg of deer (Payau) meat, 6.9 kg of internal Payau organ, 4.4 kilograms of meat and parts and 5.5 kilograms of Binturong parts. Another person was caught in possession of 7 kilograms of porcupine. Also caught was a man from Kapit who in possession of 37 kg of wild boar meats and cuts. They are suspected of transporting out with an intention to sell these wild meats to outside of Kapit.