SALE OF SNAKES - NGOs lodge report against department
|A GROUP of non-governmental organisations lodged a police report against the Penang Wildlife Department for cruelty against animals yesterday.|
The group comprises Malaysian Animal Rights and Welfare Society, Selangor Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animal, Malaysians against Death Penalty and Torture, Malaysians Against Animal Assisted Therapy and Malaysian Association for Responsible Pet Ownership.
Surendran said the report was lodged following reports that the department had kept 2,400 ‘banded rat’ snakes, which were seized in an operation on March 6 in Batu Maung complex, for several days before selling them to traders.
He claimed the department had breached the Protection of Wild Life Act 1972 when it sold the snakes.
“We have no idea if the snakes were fed or given water when they were under the department’s care,” said Nagendran.
He said instead of selling the snakes, the department should release them into the wild, either here or in Thailand, where they were smuggled from.
“The department should not make money from the animals,” he said.
Brickfields police acting chief Superintendent Izany A.
Ghani said the report would be referred to Penang police headquarters for action.