A spokesman for Customs and Excise Department today (June 20) reminded members of the public not to bring birds or poultry into Hong Kong illegally, or they might face prosecution.
At around 9.40pm on June 18, Customs officers of Lo Wu Control Point seized from an incoming passenger, who had arrived from Shenzhen, a live bird ("Mynah"), worth about $70. The bird was concealed inside a paper-made tea leaf can.
A 75-year-old local man was arrested.
The case has been referred to the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department for follow-up investigation.
The Department reminds that under the Public Health (Animals and Birds) Regulations of the Public Health (Animals and Birds) Ordinance, Chapter 139, it is an offence to import into Hong Kong any bird, unless it is accompanied by a valid health certificate. The maximum penalty is a fine of $25,000.
Ends/Wednesday, June 20, 2007