Media Release: Parrots Confiscated by SFC

MIRI, 2 SEPTEMBER 2019 – Upon receipt of a public tip-off and images viral on social media regarding illegal possession and misused of protected wildlife, SARAWAK FORESTRY Corporation (SFC) enforcement team in Miri sprang into action yesterday and found two (2) live Parrots which are kept in cages and were being used as a part of a fortune teller gimmick.  During the raid, the pet owner failed to produce any permits or licenses of the parrots.  The parrots were confiscated and later taken to Piasau Nature Reserve for further physical and health examination. A report on the raid had been lodged at the nearby police station.

CEO of SFCSB Haji Zolkipli Mohamad Aton urged all the pet owners to apply and obtain permits or licenses from Controller of Wildlife.  He said the pet owners should seek verification on the origin of the animals as keeping protected species can lead to 1-year imprisonment and fine RM10,000; while keeping totally protected wildlife in Sarawak can lead to the maximum fine RM50,000 and five years’ jail. He again emphasized that wild animals are best to be left undisturbed in the wild as part of the forest communities.

SFC also extended its gratitude to members of the public who have assisted authorities in curtailing illegal wildlife trading as well as illegal logging in Sarawak. Those with information on similar illegal activities are urged to call SFC hotlines at 016-8565564/019-8859996 (Kuching), 019-8224566/019-8290994 (Miri), 019-8223449/019-8332737 (Bintulu), and 019-8190140/019-8894474 (Sibu).

Photo Caption: The parrots that were confiscated by a team of enforcement officers from SFC.