New law to deter animal traffickers

A new law to prevent the trafficking of birds and wild animals, among other things, kicked in on Oct 23, 1965.

Called the Wild Animals and Birds Ordinance 1965, it was passed in the last session of the Legislative Assembly.

The law requires persons who are engaged in importing, exporting or the trans-shipment of these animals to take out licences from the Primary Production Department.

A government statement said that the new legislation would prevent and control the movement of captured wild animals and birds through Singapore, which is strategically located in South-east Asia.

AFRO-ASIANSTANCE

I am particularly interested in seeing that Afro-Asians so comport themselves andso direct their policies that the rest
of the world inevitably finds a climate of opinion building up, in which any policy which militates against the interests of half or
morethan half of humanity in Afro-Asia will find a cold reception for their views, their attitudes, not only in Afro-Asia, but
throughout the world.

PRIME MINISTER LEE KUAN YEW on Afro-Asian solidarity Research by Doris Goh, Information Resource Centre, Singapore Press Holdings

"The Singapore Government has, from time to time, received requests from other governments as well as from international organisations to assist in the prevention of illegal traffic of wild animals and birds," said the statement.

It added that good examples included the orang utan and the Bird of Paradise, "which are facing extinction because of indiscriminate hunting and killing".

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on October 18, 2015, with the headline 'New law to deter animal traffickers'. Print Edition | Subscribe