ALTHOUGH the state governments of Kelantan and Terengganu allow licensed collectors to gather turtle eggs from prescribed zones and sell a certain number, you should still report the sale of turtle eggs. Reason being that sellers should only collect from designated zones and not in marine parks, and sell only the amount they are allowed to collect. Also, turtle eggs from Sabah or the Philippines should not be found for sale in Peninsular Malaysia (sale of turtle eggs are banned in Sabah and the Philippines).

So what can you do?

You can call or you can SMS the Wildlife Crime Hotline. Nobody needs to know who you are. But you have to give the people manning the hotline (24 hours a day, 7 days a week) basic information so that they can quickly pass it onto the authorities to investigate and/or follow-up.

When reporting a wildlife crime, you have to state the type of wildlife crime it is (poaching, smuggling, keeping as a pet, restaurant serving wildlife meat, selling endangered products or by-products, etc); the location (name of shop, address, brief directions/landmark) and the date and time. You can also e-mail pictures or video (if possible) to report@malayantiger.net.

But always remember to stay safe!

Some pointers to take note of: Do blend in. Don’t take notes in or outside the shop. Don’t take secret photos. Don’t wear conservation attire (related to a nature club/society/NGO) and likewise, do remove any conservation related stickers from your car. Only call or SMS the hotline later, and not while inside or near the shop.

If you have questions, you can contact MYCAT at mycat.so@malayantiger.net and no, MYCAT doesn’t just protect tigers, but also other wildlife being illegally traded.

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