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Wildlife Dept Seizes Parts, Derivatives Of Endangered Species

KUALA LUMPUR, July 17 (Bernama) -- The Department of Wildlife and National Parks seized parts and derivatives of endangered species in Selangor and endangered turtles in Perak recently.

Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Seri G. Palanivel said the department raided an outlet in Kajang Selangor and found it selling 150 parts and derivatives of endangered species without a special permit.

"Among the items seized were horns, nails, teeth, skin, skull, fur, bile, elephant semen, porcupines, crocodile snouts and the lower shell of tortoises, which are parts belonging to endangered species under the Wildlife Conservation Act 2010 (Act 716)," he said in a statement Thursday.

He said the case was being investigated under Section 60(1)(b), Section 63, Section 68(1)(b) and Section 87 of the Act.

Meanwhile, Palanivel said 84 Malayan Box Turtles were seized in the second raid at a location in Bagan Datoh, Perak.

"The raiding team found a man holding a sack containing the turtles," he said, adding, the case would be investigated under Section 60(1)(a) of the Act, which carries a fine of not more than RM50,000 or imprisonment of not more than two years, or both, upon conviction.

The public are advised to contact the department's hotline, 1-800-88-5151 or careline, 1-300-80-1010, or official facebook, should they know of any suspicious activities involving wildlife.

-- BERNAMA




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