Hong Kong Customs today (December 18) seized 96 live birds suspected illegally imported with an estimated market value of about $10,000 at Lok Ma Chau Control Point.
Hong Kong Customs officers intercepted an incoming private car at Lok Ma Chau Control Point this afternoon and seized a total of 96 live birds in the vehicle.
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 (email@example.com).
Ends/Tuesday, December 18, 2018