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  The Electric New Paper 10 Jul 07
300kg of 'delicacies' seized in Johor
Couple arrested for selling iguana meat

THE wildlife officers got a tip-off on Saturday night and they wasted no time. They rushed to Kahang, about 40km from Kluang in Johor, and raided 10restaurants selling exotic 'delicacies'.

The officers seized 300kg of meat - with iguana meat making up 287kg.

The Oriental Daily reported that a couple have been arrested on suspicion of rearing lizards for consumption.

Kuala Lumpur Wildlife Department deputy director Celescoriano Razond told The Star that a team of 28 officials launched the operation following the tip-off. 'We checked over 10 restaurants in the operation which began at 9pm.'

A department official said that in the first restaurant, 287kg of lizard meat was found. The couple which run the place - a 41-year-old man and a 37-year-old woman - were arrested on the spot.

They will be charged under the 1972 Wildlife Protection Act, on 31 Jul. If convicted, they could be fined RM3,000 ($1,300) or jailed up to three years, or both.

In the second restaurant, 3.5kg of bat meat, 11.35kg of wild boar meat and 4kg of venison were found.

The Wildlife and National Parks Department said action will be taken against the people involved in selling banned food items.

It added that it found five slaughtered bats in the third restaurant and 1.6kg of mountain pig meat in the fourth restaurant.

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