‘Smuggled animals died from stress’
KUALA LUMPUR: The Department of Wildlife and National Parks (Perhilitan) has confirmed that about 30 per cent of smuggled protected animals seized by it had died.
Its director-general, Abdul Kadir Abu Hashim, however, denied that the animals died due to a lack of expertise, or mishandling by the authority.
“These animals were stressed after three to four days of travel, from as far as Africa, packed in suitcases. By the time they came under our care, they were in bad condition,” he told the New Sunday Times yesterday.
Kadir said Perhilitan had its teams of experts and veterinarians on board during operations, but in many cases, it was too late to save the animals.
He was responding to a report in a daily yesterday which stated that thousands of protected animals seized by Perhilitan died due to mishandling.
“Many of those animals seized were already dying and there was nothing we could do.”
Among the animals that died were Indian Star tortoises, baby langurs, Asian leopard cats and small primates.
Abdul Kadir Abu Hashim