Acting on public tip-offs, an enforcement team from SARAWAK FORESTRY Corporation Sdn. Bhd. inspected seven (7) pet shops in Miri and two (2) shops were suspected to contravene the Wild Life Protection Ordinance, 1998 under Section 29 for in possession of Totally Protected and Protected Animals, Section 37 for possession of wild animal without license and Section 33 for commercial sale of wildlife without license.
The wildlife inspection was carried out on July 15 to 18, 2019, as part of the monitoring activities to prevent illegal trade of wildlife as well to respond to complaints received from the general public. A total of seven (7) Pet Shops were inspected and 54 wildlife were seized. Among the wildlife that confiscated were one (1) Hill Myna, 22 Budgies, 12 Love Birds, two (2) Iguanas, three (3) parrots, one (1) Red Whiskered Bulbul, three (3) Leopard Geckos, one (1) Indian Star tortoise, one (1) Frilled neck lizard, three (3) cherry head red footed tortoises, two (2) green lizards, two (2) lizards and one (1) long tailed macaque.
According to the Chief Executive Officer of SARAWAK FORESTRY Corporation Sdn. Bhd., Tuan Haji Zolkipli Mohamad Aton, possession of wildlife without a permit from the Controller of Wildlife is a serious crime. Any person who hunts, kills, captures, sells, offers for sale or claims to be offering for sale, imports, exports or is in possession of any totally protected and protected animals or any recognizable part or derivative, or any nest thereof shall be guilty of an offence which carries a penalty from RM 10,000 – RM 50,000 and imprisonment from one (1) – five (5) years.