Malaysian police chiefs given a month to stop sale of exotic meat at illegal eateries

DENGKIL (BERNAMA) – All district police chiefs in Malaysia will be given until September 18 to ensure that their respective areas are free from illegal restaurants selling or serving exotic wildlife food, said Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador yesterday.

Besides action to be taken on illegal premises selling wildlife and flora, each district police chief will have to give a monthly report to Bukit Aman if any restaurant or illegal premises indulge in such activities.

“The directive was issued to help the Department of Wildlife and National Parks (Perhilitan) combat rampant illegal poaching activities.

“I want our country to be free from activities of buying and selling exotic animal meat such as hedgehogs, pythons and crocodiles,” he said at the Khazanah Integrated Operations press conference at Paya Indah Wetlands yesterday.

Abdul Hamid said police would be cooperating with Perhilitan on this matter.

Abdul Hamid said his team had received a report about a non-governmental organisation (NGO) being threatened for carrying out their work trying to conserve the increasingly endangered environment.

“The NGO only offers its services to conserve the flora and fauna but instead its safety is threatened by poachers.

“The poachers who threatened the NGO are locals and we will take stern action against those who try to threaten NGOs, officers or government enforcement officers who carry out their tasks of conserving the flora and fauna,” he added.