Pri­vate homes in KK serve pan­golin meat

The Borneo Post (Sabah) - - FRONT PAGE -

Sabah Wildlife De­part­ment di­rec­tor Au­gus ne Tu­uga said due to de­mand for exo c food from China tourists, they have al­ready had sev­eral cases of peo­ple serv­ing exo c food, mostly pan­golin meat, at pri­vate dwellings in Kota Kinabalu.

KOTA KINABALU: Some tourists from China are will­ing to pay well for ex­otic food, which is an­other term for wildlife meat.

Sabah Wildlife De­part­ment (SWD) di­rec­tor Au­gus­tine Tu­uga said that some­times these tourists would pre-or­der at places that pro­vide such ex­otic cuisines.

Au­gus­tine added that they have al­ready had sev­eral cases of peo­ple serv­ing ex­otic food at pri­vate dwellings in Kota Kinabalu.

“What’s be­ing served mostly are pan­golins,” he said.

In a re­cent case, of­fi­cers from SWD were able to make an ar­rest in time, which was prior to the meat be­ing cooked.

Re­porters were made to un­der­stand that it is a chal­lenge to de­ter­mine the DNA if the meat is cooked.

He added that this was be­com­ing a se­ri­ous is­sue for Sabah presently and that it not only plagues the de­part­ment in Kota Kinabalu but also in Sem­porna which now re­ceives a lot of tourists.

On an­other mat­ter, Au­gus­tine said that the in­ci­dence of crocodile–hu­man con­flict is ris­ing in Sabah.

He said croc­o­diles posed a dan­ger to peo­ple ir­re­spec­tive of where they were translo­cated.

“We now have crocodile at­tacks in the east coast of Sabah and in the west coast, and the num­bers are ris­ing,” he said.

At the same time, he said, the de­part­ment is also fac­ing is­sues re­lated to the translo­ca­tion of macaques in Sabah cit­ing that there had been spikes in malaria cases where the macaques were re­lo­cated.

“But we don’t know the cause of this…there were no malaria cases from their orig­i­nal lo­ca­tion,” he said.

Au­gus­tine (sixth right) pre­sent­ing a me­mento to Oswald at the event yes­ter­day.

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