Ten freshwater turtles seized and man detained
The Online Star
Saturday, October 21, 2006
By Sharon Ling
SIBU: Sarawak Forestry officers seized 10 freshwater turtles weighing a total of 60kg and detained a man at the Central Market here on Friday.
Acting on a tip off, the officers went to the market at about 11am and detained a man in his 40s who was selling the turtles.
Senior enforcement officer Sing Kwong Hua said two of the turtles had been chopped into pieces while the rest were still alive and kept in a gunny sack.
He added that turtle meat was popular among locals and could fetch prices of RM22 to RM30 per kilo.
Locally known as "labi-labi", freshwater turtles are a protected species in Sarawak.
Sing said stern action would be taken against those who catch, sell, distribute or are in possession of protected wildlife.
Offenders can be fined up to RM10,000 and jailed a year if convicted under the state's Wildlife Protection Ordinance.