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Inviato da Wes von Papinešu on Gennaio 21, 2000 at 12:25:12:
THE STAR (Petaling Jaya, Malaysia) 21 January 2000 Unit foils bid to smuggle cobras
Photo: No Slipping Away. . . Perlis Snake Farm employee Zainudin Ismail putting some of the seized snakes into a cage in Kangar yesterday.
Kangar: The police anti-smuggling unit has thwarted an attempt to bring in 441 snakes of the common cobra species from Thailand yesterday.
State Wildlife and National Parks director Zulkifli Mohd Arshad said the snakes were seized from a lorry at a roadblock at the 18th kilometre of the Kangar-Padang Besar trunk road at 8.30pm.
He said the unit handed over the snakes to the department's personnel.
He said that the seizure of the snakes which were inside 56 sacks, was the first such case this year.
Several snake-smuggling attempts from Thailand had been recorded in previous years in Perlis.
Zulkifli said several snakes on the lorry were not seized as these were not protected under the law and the necessary documents were in place.
He also said the driver of the lorry was being questioned to help the department identify the culprit or culprits behind the smuggling attempt.
He said those committing the act could be charged in court and fined up to RM3,500 or jailed three years under the Wildlife Act.
Zulkifli added that the snakes were caught in Thailand and were believed to destined for China, South Korea and Taiwan.
He said the cold season in those countries from November to February pushed up the demand for snakes, which are said to be effective in warming up the body if consumed.
A kilo of the snake's meat could fetch between RM45 and RM50 in the market, he added.