Malaysia: Wild boar carcasses, tusks and meat of Bornean bearded pigs seized

Ahmad Fairuz Othman New Straits Times 25 Sep 17;

KOTA TINGGI: The Wildlife and National Parks Department (Perhilitan) seized several carcasses of wild boars, Bornean bearded pigs as well as its meat and tusks during a raid at a secluded place in the outskirts of the town here.

Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said that an eight-member team from Perhilitan raided the premises in Kota Tinggi about 4.30am yesterday.

The team seized two wild boar carcasses, three Bornean bearded pig carcasses, 248kg of suspected wild boar meat, 107 tusks of wild boars and 14 wire snares used for hunting wildlife.

Four Malaysian men were also detained during the raid.

"All the items were checked and seized for investigations. Four local men were detained but were later released on bail. The items are valued at about RM10,000," said Wan Junaidi in a statement issued in Kuala Lumpur today .

The case was being investigated under Section 60(1)(a) of the Wildlife Conservation Act 2010 for hunting and keeping protected wildlife without licence.

It was also being investigated under Section 68(1)(a) of the same act for keeping and hunting a totally protected wildlife species, the Bornean bearded pig; and Section 29 of the same act for possession of snares.

He said the ministry was issuing a stern warning against any person involved in illegal hunting of wildlife as it wanted to immediately stop such activities.

"Perhilitan regards such cases as something very serious as it strives to put a stop to the illegal activity and bring the perpetrators to justice," said Wan Junaidi.