Friday, February 29, 2008

Wild boar meat

Decades ago wild boar roamed freely in the jungles, even in the rubber gardens in most rural areas in Sarawak. In those days the wild boar population was estimated in the millions. A report in the 80s stated that the natives of Sarawak killed an estimated one million wild boar annually. With uncontrolled hunting, large scale logging and land development activities in most rural areas of Sarawak, now the population of wild boar has dwindled to an alarming low figure. It is an offense now to sell wild boar meat openly in the market. The above pictures taken in Kapit in the early 80s and 90s show wild boar meat was still commonly transported from the longhouses for sales in towns like Kapit, Song, kanowit and Sibu.

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