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Wildlife meat bound for p'sula seized
Published on: Thursday, May 18, 2017
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Sandakan: The Wildlife Department here on Tuesday seized suspected wildlife meat wrapped in a sack kept inside a polystyrene box believed meant to be sent to Selangor by air without a permit. The seizure involved 4.6kg of suspected deer meat, 2.3kg of suspected mouse deer meat and 1.6kg of suspected deer organs. Also seized were the heads of a barking deer and a mousedeer.

Wildlife Officer Hussein Muin said they received a call from the auxiliary police at the Sandakan Airport baggage check at about 4.05pm, telling them of a polystyrene box which contained the suspicious meat.

He said the information prompted wildlife officers to the airport to inspect the contents of the said box.

"The owner has been identified and will be called in to have his statement taken," he told a media conference, Wednesday.

He is believed to be a school clerk and would be called to have his statetment taken.

He said sample of the meat will be sent to the department's forensics division in Kuala Lumpur for further verification.

In Sabah, deer and mousedeer are classified as game animals under Schedule Three of the Wildlife Conservation Enactment 1997, but if sent overseas, it requires a permit issued by the department.

Those found breaching Section 53(b) of the Wildlife Conservation Act 1997 can be charged under Section 53 (2)(c), which carries a fine of up to RM50,000 or three years jail or both. - Mardinah Jikur



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