‘Wild meat has no medicinal value’
STRONGER wildlife awareness is important in protecting not only the flora and fauna of the country but it is also required to safeguard society from misconceptions that exist regarding its consumption for medicinal benefits said the Minister of Industry and Primary Resources (MIPR).
During the launching of the wildlife awareness roadshow for primary schools, Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Utama Dato Seri Setia Hj Yahya Begawan Mudim Dato Paduka Hj Bakar said that such beliefs that existshas to change.
YB Pehin Dato Hj Yahya said that the consumption of wild animals occurs as there are those who believe that consuming the flesh or meat of some animals have several health benefits.
“This issue has to be made clear as to date there has been no scientific verification confirming the supposed positive health benefits of eating the meat of wild animals.”
“It is feared that it may expose those who eat such meats to unknown infectious diseases as we do not know if these animals that were hunted for their meat have any diseases that could affect our health.”
The minister also said that awareness programmes along with knowledge of wildlife has many aspects that can be further strengthened in order to ensure that the source of flora and fauna in the country can be conserved and managed well.
“Not only is this important in terms of legislation and on the improvement of human resources, but it would benefit the cooperation and communication between relevant parties for this cause. Efforts to protect and conserve wildlife is not only the sole responsibility of the government through that of MIPR, but it is the task and responsibility of all parties,” said YB Pehin Dato Hj Yahya who added that a strengthened cooperation would result in a better and a more effective conservation of wildlife.
Currently the Wildlife Division under the MIPR is responsible for enforcing the protection and preservation of wildlife threatened by poaching which is considered one of the many threats to wildlife in the country.
Since its establishment, it has been disseminating information through its wildlife roadshows of the importance of conserving and protecting wildlife while also taking care of the natural ecosystem and the environment.
The Brunei Times