June 15, 2008

`Wildlife Processing Factory’ Raided

SEGAMAT: The Wildlife and National Parks Department has raided what is perhaps the largest makeshift facility to process, preserve and store exotic meat in Malaysia.

In the 9am raid, Wildlife Crime Prevention Unit deputy director Celescoriano Razond headed an eight-man team from Kuala Lumpur to seize more than RM100,000 of exotic meat after receiving a tip-off 48 hours earlier.

Celescoriano said they found about 20 foreign workers skinning protected animals, including snakes and monitor lizards.

"We found the meat of protected animals under the Wildlife Protection Act 1972 in a freezer.

"Officers also found 1,700kg of water monitor lizard meat and 800kg of what is believed to be python meat," he said at the Air Bangas Wildlife Deer Conservation Centre here yesterday.

It is learnt that monitor lizards and pythons, each weighing between eight and 25kg, are sold at RM50 per kg.

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