Kanowit police keep vigilant on illegal hunting, sales of exotic animals

DSP Tega Bilong

KANOWIT, Aug 23: The police here will constantly monitor illegal hunting activities and the selling of exotic animal meat in this town.

Kanowit District Police chief DSP Tega Bilong said today that his department viewed the matter seriously and stern action would be taken against individuals who are caught doing illegal hunting and selling exotic animals.

“Yes, we will monitor the activities of those who sell the meat of these exotic animals. We urge and at the same time, warn those who are involved in selling, serving and buying the meat of these protected animals to stop it,” he said when contacted.

Tega reiterated that more aggressive action would be taken to ensure that these instructions were complied with including making an integrated operation with the related agencies on any premises selling, serving the meat of these animals to the public.

Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador had on August 19, said he wanted to ensure that all districts were free from such activities as a measure to curb illegal hunting and sale of exotic animals in the country.

He was quoted as saying, “We want to curb the illegal sale of wild animals as well as unlicensed restaurants serving exotic dishes.”

Following that, all district police chiefs nationwide have been given a month to submit a report on the sale of illegal exotic animals in shops and restaurants before September 18.

Meanwhile, Tega also sought public cooperation and advised the public to channel information on the activities of hunting and selling exotic animals in their area to the police for further action.-DayakDaily