SINGAPORE: A 63-year-old Singaporean man was jailed on Wednesday (Nov 23) for illegally importing birds and subjecting them to unnecessary suffering.
He was sentenced to three months' jail for each charge. Both sentences will run concurrently.
Low Seng Hai had smuggled the birds - two Oriental White-eye (Mata Puteh) birds and a Zebra Dove - inside two small pouches under the front passenger centre console of a Singapore-registered car.
Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) officers detected the birds at Woodlands Checkpoint on May 27.
The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) investigated and confirmed that the birds were imported without a permit. “The birds were transported in a precarious manner (cramped into small pouches with hardly any space for movement), and were without any food or water,” said AVA in a joint news release with ICA.
Tests found the birds free avian influenza and the birds have been rehomed at the Jurong Bird Park, added the news release.
Importing animals or live birds without an AVA permit is illegal and carries a maximum penalty of S$10,000 and/or imprisonment of up to one year.