Sunday, March 30, 2008

Protected animal parts seized, poacher held

Star Online
Sunday March 30, 2008

KUALA LUMPUR: The Wildlife and National Parks Department (Perhilitan) confiscated body parts of protected animals worth about RM10,000 during a raid on a house in Batu Caves, Selangor, on Friday evening.

The department also arrested a man and seized a homemade firearm, 84 bullets of various calibres and an instrument believe to have been used to lure the animals.

Among the body parts confiscated were that of deer, mouse deer and porcupines. Also taken into custody were three hides, two pairs of horns and some wildlife meat. The parts were said to be for sale.

Perhilitan’s law and enforcement division director Sivanathan Elagupillay told newsmen yesterday that he believed the man, who was in his 50s, had been poaching for quite some time.
The punishment for having the three animals was a nine-year prison term or a fine of RM9,000 or both, upon conviction.

Those with information on crimes related to protected wildlife are urged to call or SMS Perhilitan at 019-356 4194. – Bernama

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