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Inviato da Wes von Papinešu on Febbraio 11, 2000 at 13:10:07:
NEW STRAITS TIMES (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) 08 February 00 Perak Wildlife Department auctions off smuggled snakes to licensed dealers
Ipoh: The State Wildlife Department auctioned off 184 smuggled snakes, categorised as protected species, to licensed dealers.
Its director, Jasmi Abdul, said the snakes, which included cobras and oriental rat snakes, were among 1,000 reptiles seized by police in a raid in Grik last week.
He said the snakes would be disposed of by dealers for their meat, organs and skin.
Proceeds from the auction, amounting to about RM3,700 will go to the federal coffers.
He also said two men who were caught trying to smuggle the snakes into the country would be charged in the Grik magistrate's court tomorrow.
They will be prosecuted under the Wildlife Protection Act for possession of protected animals and reptiles without a licence.
Jasmi said this was the first time the authorities had come across snakes being smuggled into the country through Perak.
He also said the remaining 816 snakes were returned to the two men as they were not categorised under protected species.
They were arrested on Jan 31, when they tried to smuggle the snakes and 40 tortoises into the country.
In another incident, Jasmi said Wildlife officers also detained a man who had in his possession the meat of a pig-tailed macaque.
The meat, weighing about five kg, was found in a refrigerator and was to be cooked as a delicacy at a restaurant.
Jasmi said the man would also be charged under the same Act as the monkey was a protected species.
He said Wildlife officers were stepping up enforcement to prevent protected species from being killed or hunted as there were many cases that had gone undetected in the past.
He also called on the public to alert the department at 05- 5273411 or 05-5270221 if they came across such cases.
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