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Sun 07 Nov 2004

"Slow loris quick bust"

Category : trade

"Slow loris quick bust" by Kua Chee Siong and Teh Jen Lee. The New Paper, 06 Nov 2004 [pdf].

Excerpts - An alert about an Internet Relay Chat (IRC) posting about exotic pets for sale led to an offer of sale of a slow loris (Nycticebus coucang) for $480. The New Paper alerted the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) and the seller was caught.

Lye Fong Keng of the AVA said five cases of Internet trade in exotic pets have been detected by AVA in recent years. A new breed of exotic animal sellers seem to be operating undercover online. AVA responds to information on any illegal wildlife trade activities. If you have any information, call 6227-0670.

On Wednesday (03 Nov 2004) ACRES just officially launched its 24-hour hotline (9783-7782) for people to report illegal pet trading. Louis Ng wants a change in the law - he said: 'It can't be by species because then traders will just bring in one species at a time. At most they get a $5,000 fine or one-year jail. Considering that 1,000 star tortoises can be sold for $60, they can make $60,000. So they just have to get one large shipment through to see huge profits.'

On Sunday 31 Oct 2004, Customs officers caught an Indonesian vessel which tried to smuggle about 40,000 pieces of dried python and monitor lizard skins into Singapore. The skins, worth about $800,000, were to be sold here but the ship's captain was only fined $5,000 and jailed three months.

Read the complete article at The New Paper.

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