Six months’ jail and RM10,000 fine for selling wildlife meat

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BINTULU, June 30: A local citizen was sentenced to six months imprisonment and a fine of RM10,000 at the Bintulu Court after pleading guilty in possession of 81.2kg of wild boar meat and 7.7kg of deer meat.

In a statement today, Forest Department Sarawak (FDS) said the accused was convicted under Section 37 (2) of the Wildlife Protection Ordinance, 1998 for possession of wildlife parts in Sarawak.

The accused was detained at Pasar Tamu Bintulu on December 2, 2017 while using a four-wheel drive vehicle belonging to the accused.

FDS advised the public to be more concerned in complying with existing laws concerning hunting and sale of wildlife or its parts in Sarawak.

In addition, the department is also working to raise public awareness on hunting and wildlife ownership in the state through talks and campaigns throughout the state to ensure the public understand the legal procedure in handling wildlife in Sarawak.

Anyone who has information on wildlife exploitation or inquiries regarding wildlife management in Sarawak is encouraged to contact the nearest FDS office or call the department’s hotline at 1-800-8 8-7777 for more information and to lodge complaints. — DayakDaily