Over 30 wild animals seized by AVA in a flat - biggest inland seizure of wildlife since 2002

The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) raided a flat on June 3 and seized over 30 wild animals which are not allowed to be kept as pets.

This is the AVA's largest inland seizure of wildlife since 2002.

The authority said in a press release on Monday that the animals which were found included highly endangered species such as the slow loris, marmoset, Indian star tortoise and ball python.

The seized animals have been sent to the Wildlife Reserves Singapore. A man, who was living in the flat, is assisting AVA in the investigations.

A permit is required for any import and export/re-export of animals in Singapore. As Singapore is a signatory to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), it is an offence to be in possession or to trade in any illegally imported or acquired CITES species. If guilty, the offender can be fined up to $50,000 per specimen and/or jail term of up to two years.

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