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Over 30 wild animals seized from HDB flat

This is the largest seizure of illegal wildlife from an individual's home since 2002. -AsiaOne

Mon, Jun 17, 2013

SINGAPORE - The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) seized over 30 wild animals from an individual living in an HDB flat on June 3, its largest inland seizure of wildlife since 2002.

The seized animals include highly endangered and threatened species like the slow loris, marmoset, Indian star tortoise and ball python.

These animals are not allowed to be kept as pets in Singapore.

The seized animals have been sent to the Wildlife Reserves Singapore for proper care and custody.

A man is currently assisting AVA in the investigations.

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, to 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.

AVA would like to remind the public not to import or keep wild animals as pets as demand for such animals would fuel illegal wildlife trade.

Also, wild animals are not suitable pets as some may transmit zoonotic diseases to humans and can be a public safety risk if mishandled or if they escape into our dense urban environment.

Should members of the public have information on illegal wildlife activities, please contact AVA at 6325 7625 to make a report immediately. All information shared with AVA will be kept strictly confidential.

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