Now may be a good time to warn your employees about trying to turn Malaysian sun bears into medicinal soup.
A car wash employee in Johor Baru, Malaysia’s largest southern city (just opposite Singapore), was fined $13,623 for owning a sun bear, which is protected by a 2010 Wildlife Conservation Act in that country, according to the Asia News Network.
These bears are fairly small — about 150 pounds — and often taken captive as pets. They are frequently killed for eating crops and, more gruesomely, to turn their paws into a ritualistic, supposedly medicinal soup, bowls of which start at around $125.
The authorities from Malaysia’s Department of Wildlife and National Parks found the bear in a cage apparently near the car wash business where the employee worked. They figured it was in transit to a restaurant, which means they saved it just in the nick of time.
No word whether the employee loses his car wash job for his lawlessness, but according to the sentence, he’ll be spending the next eight months where he’d been keeping the sun bear: in a cage.