Man jailed 3 months for smuggling birds and animal cruelty

SINGAPORE - He had smuggled 3 Red-whiskered Bulbul birds by hiding them inside three small boxes under the carpet of his car seats.

For that, 29-year-old Muhammad Farhan bin Abdullah was sentenced to three months imprisonment for illegal importing animals and for subjecting them to unnecessary suffering and pain.

Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) officers at the Woodlands Checkpoint had alerted the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority (AVA) to the incident on June 6 when officers detected three live birds the Singapore-registered car.

Photo: Immigration & Checkpoints Authority
Photo: Immigration & Checkpoints Authority 
Photo: Immigration & Checkpoints Authority

According to AVA, the birds were imported without an official permit. Since being tested free from Avian Influenza, the birds have been successfully rehomed to Jurong Bird Park.

Animals that are smuggled into Singapore are of unknown health status and may introduce exotic diseases, into the country, AVA and ICA said in a joint statement.

The importation of any animals or live birds without an AVA permit is illegal and carries a maximum penalty of $10,000 and/or imprisonment of up to one year.

debwong@sph.com.sg