‘Smug­gled an­i­mals died from stress’

New Straits Times - - News -

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

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