Woman fined after illegal wildlife seized in sting op

A civet cat and a red-foot tortoise were among the illegal wildlife seized in a sting operation, after the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority received feedback from the Animal Concerns Research and Education Society that illegal wildlife was being so
A civet cat and a red-foot tortoise were among the illegal wildlife seized in a sting operation, after the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority received feedback from the Animal Concerns Research and Education Society that illegal wildlife was being sold on online marketplace Carousell.PHOTOS: AVA
A civet cat and a red-foot tortoise were among the illegal wildlife seized in a sting operation, after the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority received feedback from the Animal Concerns Research and Education Society that illegal wildlife was being so
A civet cat and a red-foot tortoise were among the illegal wildlife seized in a sting operation, after the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority received feedback from the Animal Concerns Research and Education Society that illegal wildlife was being sold on online marketplace Carousell.PHOTOS: AVA

A 22-year-old woman has been fined $3,600 for possessing illegal wildlife, including a civet cat and a red-foot tortoise.

Desiree Lim was nabbed after the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) received feedback from the Animal Concerns Research and Education Society (Acres) that illegal wildlife was being sold on online marketplace Carousell.

AVA subsequently carried out a sting operation with the assistance of Acres and seized the animals.

"Further investigations at Lim's home revealed that she was also keeping a hedgehog and a snapping turtle," AVA said in a statement on Wednesday. "This was taken into consideration during sentencing."

The animals seized from Lim were placed under the care of Wildlife Reserves Singapore.

In a separate incident, a 23-year-old man was fined $5,000 for illegally importing a live bird into Singapore.

Lim Ke Yi had hidden the white-rumped shama in a potato chip tube, which he had put in the glove compartment of a car. The bird was detected by the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority at Woodlands Checkpoint on May 27, and the AVA was alerted to the situation.

Lim did not have an import licence for the bird. A second charge of failure to consider that the animal was not subjected to unnecessary suffering was taken into consideration.

Those who import animals or birds without a licence can be fined up to $10,000, jailed for up to 12 months, or both. Those who keep or trade wildlife and wildlife parts or products can be fined up to $1,000.

If the wildlife is protected under the Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (Cites), they can be fined up to $500,000, jailed for up to two years, or both.

Those who suspect illegal wildlife trading to be going on can alert AVA via its online feedback form, or call 6805-2992.

Linette Lai

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 15, 2018, with the headline 'Woman fined after illegal wildlife seized in sting op'. Print Edition | Subscribe