Everybody condemns hornbill hunters


MIRI: An all round condemnation is directed at the alleged hunters of hornbills at Piasau Garden here Tuesday.

Miri MP Dr Michael Teo even urged the police to intensify their efforts to catch the culprits and bring them to the book.

“This is very sad, sad after every effort is taken to protect and conserve the iconic bird species,” he said through SMS yesterday.

He also urged the public to be more aware of the need not to harm or compromise the lives of totally protected and protected animals.

“Everybody and Mirians in particular are all shocked by the incident. Spread the news around so that the perpetrators will return the birds.”

Nature lover Dr Teo was among the many people who took part at the 4th Hornbill Walk at Piasau Camp as part of activities marking Malaysia Day celebrations here last Saturday.

The walk was also part of efforts to call on the state government to gazette Piasau Camp as a permanent nature park smack in the city centre.

In the incident on Tuesday, three men brazenly defied the law by hunting the totally protected hornbills at Piasau Garden in full view of horrified onlookers.