Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Large seizure of wildlife made from Singapore flat

Slow loris, marmoset, Indian star tortoise and ball python amongst wildlife seized
June 2013. Following a tip off, staff from Singapore's Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) seized over 30 wild animals from an individual living in a high rise flat. The seizure, which includes highly endangered and threatened species like the slow loris, marmoset, Indian star tortoise and ball python, is AVA's largest inland seizure of wildlife since 2002. These animals are not allowed to be kept as pets in Singapore. 

The animals that were seized have been sent to the Wildlife Reserves Singapore for proper care and custody, and a man has been arrested. 

1 Sunda slow loris
1 Common marmoset
2 Indian star tortoise
3 Leopard tortoise
2 Red-footed tortoise
2 Yellow-footed tortoise
2 Alligator snapping turtle
3 Ball python
5 Ornate horned frog
2 Green iguana
1 Inland bearded dragon
2 Sailfin dragon
1 Lined flat-tail gecko
3 Black-tailed prairie dog
2 Degu

Maximum fine of $50,000 per item
In Singapore, a permit is required for any import and export/re-export of animals. In addition, as Singapore is a signatory to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), it is an offence to be in possession or to trade in any illegally imported or acquired CITES species. If found guilty, the offender shall be liable on conviction for a maximum fine of $50,000 per specimen (not to exceed an aggregate of $500,000) and/or jail term of up to 2 years.

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