Animal welfare group calls for harsher punishment for man who illegally kept 32 animals
Published on Feb 13, 2014 8:28 PM
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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