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monitor lizards ; snakes ; illegal wildlife trade ; exotic pet ; wildlife meat ; chinese cousine ; China ; Hong Kong ; Penang
Bandar Seri Begawan - Temerloh (Nst) - For two weeks, a tannery owner in Jaya Gading, Kuantan could only see the ringgit sign as workers unloaded monitor lizards and snakes for illegal export to China and Hong Kong.
After all, monitor lizards and snakes fetch between RM150 and RM200 per kilogramme in China and Hong Kong.
He failed to notice enforcement officers from the State Wildlife and National Parks Department who had staked out his premises after coming to know of the matter.
Recently, the officers raided the tannery and arrested him and another man.
The officers were shocked to find 748 clouded monitor lizards, 231 oriental rat snakes and four king cobras ready for "export". Also confiscated were 800 grammes ofpangolin bones and scales meant for the local traditional medicine market.
The duo, remanded at the Kuantan police headquarters, face an array of charges including being in possession of protected animals and inhumane treatment of animals.