MIRI: The people here displayed mixed reactions for the call to amend the Wildlife Protection Ordinance 1998.
Recently, Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr James Jemut Masing has called for the amendment of the Wildlife Protection Ordinance 1998 to allow natives to sell wildlife parts, especially wild boars, in the open market to supplement their income amid the current economic downturn.
On Tuesday, the Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC) defended its stance on the trading of wildlife meat — to ensure natives would have sustainable supply of the meat.
Majority were in favour of the amendment — asking to put into consideration the culture and tradition of the natives who have been hunting wildlife for many years for survival.
One interviewee however, voiced out that it was better to breed these animals, fearing extinction.
New Sarawak Tribune spoke to members of the public to get their views on the issue.
It is unfair to the natives because hunting and fishing has been part of our culture for many years. It has been passed down from generation to generation and if the law bars us from selling wildlife parts, then it is definitely against the rights of the natives. I fully support for the law to be amended.
I’m giving my full support to SFC. Efforts might be better spent breeding boars than to hunt it. At the end of the day, nobody will be able to sustain anything when wild boars cease to exist.
Hunting for wildlife, especially wild boars, has been our tradition. The law must be balanced to accommodate the needs of the natives because those residing in rural areas are still carrying out this tradition to support themselves.
I think the law must be balanced and fair to the natives. Majority of the natives in Sarawak, as we all know, are still hunting for wildlife to support themselves and their families.
I support for the law to be amended because it must be balanced to accommodate the needs of the natives.