The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) said Wednesday it is set to file a case against a restaurant in Pasay City for allegedly serving snake and turtle meat.
In a statement, DENR said a case is being prepared against Hingyak Delicious Seafood Restaurant after some 4.25 kilos of snake skin, snake meat and chopped meat from soft-shelled turtles were confiscated by authorities in the restaurant last January 30.
DENR-National Capital Region executive director Nilo Tamoria said these have been turned over to the agency’s Wildlife Rescue Center of the Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau for safekeeping.
For his part, DENR Secretary Ramon Paje said: “The reason why we have laws is to put order in our society. Our wildlife law is passed to protect our wildlife resources as they play an important role in sustaining a balanced ecology.”
Collection, hunting or possession of wildlife, their by-products and derivatives without proper permit are considered illegal acts punishable under Republic Act No. 9147 or the Philippine Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act. (abs-cbn)