BINTULU, 27 JANUARY 2021 – Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC) in collaboration with Marine Police from Bintulu rescued five species of birds and two species of tortoises which were being kept as pets in a house at Batu 6, Jalan Bintulu/Miri yesterday. The seizure was a result of a joint operation under the Ops Bersepadu Khazanah (OBK).
“Our SWAT team sprang into action and rescued various species of wildlife including eight (8) White Parakeets, a Grey Parakeet, four (4) parrots, four (4) local tortoises and a Giant Baning. As the owner failed to produce a related licence or permit from the Controller of Wild Life, these animals were seized under section 48(1) of the Wild Life Protection Ordinance, 1998 and will be sent to Taman Tumbina for safekeeping,” said SFC in a statement today.
“SFC acknowledges that wildlife enforcement is a challenging task due to large segments of the society viewing the sale or consumption or keeping of wildlife as ‘nothing wrong’. Therefore, we are on the continuous efforts to educate and instil awareness among the public,” said SFC chief executive officer Zolkipli Mohamad Aton, who is also the Controller of Wild Life.
He extended his gratitude to the enforcement agencies for their assistance in tackling wildlife trade issues. SFC also continuously seeking the cooperation of law-abiding citizens who have wildlife kept in their possession to voluntarily surrender them.
Members of the public can lodge report if they find anyone keeping or selling protected wildlife. Those with information on similar illegal activities are urged to call SFC hotlines at Kuching (019-8859996), Sibu (019-8883561), Bintulu (019-8332737), Miri (019-8290994).