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Tue 13 Apr 2004

Wildlife misdemeanors in the Straits Times today

Category : news

"NUS student fined $5,600 for mini wildlife zoo"
"A 26-year old student from the National University of Singapore (NUS) was fined $5,600 last month for keeping 22 wild and endangered animals in his West Coast Drive flat."

'The mini zoo included 14 assorted snakes - seven boa constrictors, six pythons and one anaconda. - which he kept in his toilet and bedroom. The snakes removed from Lok's flat were protected species under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, or Cites.'

"Anyone caught importing or exporting such animals without a permit can be fined up to $5,000 per species and jailed for up to one year. And for keeping wildlife without a licence, offenders can be charged under the Wild Animals and Birds Act and fined up to $1,000 per animal."

The complete article is at the Straits Times, 13 Apr 2004. [pdf]


Parrot eggs back after illegal trip to Sydney
Excerpts - 'Last Saturday, 41 parrot eggs were secreted out of Singapore, hidden in a specially made vest under a man's clothes. The next day, 34 eggs were flown back to Singapore for donation to the Jurong BirdPark in much the same way. This time they were carried by the assistant director of Australian Customs, Mr Nick Walton.'

'The eggs are believed to be from species of macaws, and are estimated to have a street value of S$319,000. They are expected to hatch within the next three weeks. These colourful South American birds are protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.'

'The 49-year-old Malaysian who had allegedly tried to smuggle them into Australia was arrested on arrival at Sydney airport and charged in an Australian court on Sunday. Singapore's Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority is also investigating the case.'

Complete article at the Straits Times, 13 Apr 2004. [pdf]

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