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Animal welfare group calls for harsher punishment for man who illegally kept 32 animals

Published on Feb 13, 2014 8:28 PM
 
Ong Ming Shiang, 33, was fined $41,000 for having 32 wild and endangered animals in Toa Payoh flat. The Animal Concerns Research and Education Society (Acres), an animal welfare group in Singapore, is calling for harsher punishment for Ong, to send a stronger deterrent message against wildlife smuggling. -- ST FILE PHOTO: WONG KWAI CHOW

The Animal Concerns Research and Education Society (Acres), an animal welfare group in Singapore, is calling for harsher punishment for the man convicted of keeping illegal wildlife here, to send a stronger deterrent message against wildlife smuggling.

Ong Ming Shiang, 33, was convicted of contravening the Endangered Species (Import & Export) Act and the Wild Animals and Birds Act on Feb 6 and fined $41,000 for keeping 32 animals, some of which were endangered, in his flat in Toa Payoh North.

These include three rare ball pythons, two Indian star tortoises, a slow loris, three black- tailed prairie dogs, two sailfin dragons and five ornate horned frogs.

This is the largest seizure of illegal wildlife from a home in Singapore over the past 11 years.

 
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