Hong Kong Customs seizes suspected illegally imported live birds (with photo)

9 Dec 2018

Hong Kong Customs today (December 9) seized 154 live birds suspected illegally imported with an estimated market value of about $15,000 at Lo Wu Control Point.

During Customs clearance for a 75-year-old incoming male passenger this afternoon, the batch of live birds were found in a nylon bag he carried.

The case was handed over to the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department for follow-up investigation.

Under the Public Health (Animals and Birds) Regulations of the Public Health (Animals and Birds) Ordinance, Chapter 139, it is an offence to import any bird unless it is accompanied by a valid health certificate. The maximum penalty upon conviction is a fine of $25,000.

Members of the public may report any suspected activities of illegal import of live birds to the Customs 24-hour hotline 2545 6182 or its dedicated crime-reporting email account (crimereport@customs.gov.hk).

Ends/Sunday, December 9, 2018

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