AVA seizes six wild animals at Sungei Tengah farm

Four false map turtles (left), a slow loris (above) and an ornate pacman frog (right) were rescued by the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority, which said the animals have been handed to Wildlife Reserves Singapore for rehoming.
Four false map turtles, a slow loris (above) and an ornate pacman frog were rescued by the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority, which said the animals have been handed to Wildlife Reserves Singapore for rehoming.PHOTO: AGRI-FOOD AND VETERINARY AUTHORITY OF SINGAPORE
Four false map turtles (left), a slow loris (above) and an ornate pacman frog (right) were rescued by the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority, which said the animals have been handed to Wildlife Reserves Singapore for rehoming.
Four false map turtles, a slow loris and an ornate pacman frog (above) were rescued by the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority, which said the animals have been handed to Wildlife Reserves Singapore for rehoming.PHOTO: AGRI-FOOD AND VETERINARY AUTHORITY OF SINGAPORE

The animals, which include an endangered slow loris, had been put up for sale illegally

Six wild animals, including an endangered slow loris, were rescued from a farm in Sungei Tengah by the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA).

They had been put up for sale illegally at the farm when the AVA seized them in July, the authority told The Straits Times on Tuesday.

The other animals found were an ornate pacman frog and four false map turtles.

AVA said it seized the animals and handed them over to Wildlife Reserves Singapore for rehoming.

The farm is assisting AVA with investigations, the authority added.

In a Facebook post on Monday, the Animal Concerns Research and Education Society (Acres) said that it had alerted AVA after receiving a tip-off.

Commercial trade of the endangered slow loris is prohibited under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (Cites).

Under the same convention, the false map turtle, native to the United States, can only be traded with either Cites permits or certificates of origin.

Four false map turtles (left), a slow loris (above) and an ornate pacman frog (right) were rescued by the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority, which said the animals have been handed to Wildlife Reserves Singapore for rehoming.
Four false map turtles (above), a slow loris and an ornate pacman frog were rescued by the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority, which said the animals have been handed to Wildlife Reserves Singapore for rehoming. PHOTO: AGRI-FOOD AND VETERINARY AUTHORITY OF SINGAPORE

UNSUITABLE AS PETS

Wild animals are not suitable pets as they are not domesticated. The welfare of the wild animals would be affected as they are subjected to unsuitable living conditions as well as poor diet and care.

AGRI-FOOD AND VETERINARY AUTHORITY

The ornate pacman frog is not listed under Cites.

Those convicted of keeping wild animals here can be fined up to $1,000 and have to surrender the illegally kept wildlife.

If the wildlife species is protected under Cites, offenders in possession of such animals or found selling the illegally imported protected species can be fined as much as $500,000, jailed up to two years, or both, and will have to forfeit the animals.

The AVA said that all of the species seized in the operation are not allowed to be kept as pets in Singapore.

"Wild animals are not suitable pets as they are not domesticated. The welfare of the wild animals would be affected as they are subjected to unsuitable living conditions as well as poor diet and care," the authority said, adding that some may also transmit zoonotic diseases to humans and can be a public safety risk if not managed well.

Non-native wild animals would also pose a threat to our native biodiversity if released into the environment, and the AVA said that the public can help reduce the demand for such animals by not buying illegal wildlife and their parts or products.

"The public can also alert AVA via our online feedback form regarding any suspected cases of illegal wildlife trade, and provide information."

Such information may include the suspected person or company involved, or the type of products that are suspected to be smuggled, advertised or offered for sale.

Information shared with AVA will be kept strictly confidential, it added.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 06, 2018, with the headline 'AVA seizes six wild animals at Sungei Tengah farm'. Print Edition | Subscribe