Officers of Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) seized five leopard geckos from a Singapore-registered car which was hidden inside two pillows at the rear passenger seat. The incident took place on June 2 at Woodlands Checkpoint.
The car was driven by a 51-year-old Singaporean man accompanied by a 32-year-old Singaporean woman.
Issuing a press statement, ICA said, “During inspection, an ICA officer found five live leopard geckos hidden inside two pillows at the rear passenger seat of the car. The case has been referred to the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA). Investigations are ongoing."
Reminding people that keeping of wild animals are banned, the release said, “Keeping of wild animals such as exotic amphibians, snakes and lizards are not allowed in Singapore. Wild animals are not suitable pets as some may transmit zoonotic diseases to humans and can be a public safety risk if mishandled, or if they escape into our dense urban environment. In addition, wild animals that are non-native to Singapore may also be a threat to the biodiversity if released into the environment.”
It also said, “The importation of animals or live birds without an AVA permit is illegal and carries a maximum penalty of USD10,000 and/or imprisonment of up to one year.” AVA will continue to ensure that regulatory measures against illegal import, possession of live animals and wildlife are in place and enforced.
The travellers have been advised against bringing live animals, birds and insects into Singapore without a proper permit. The public can refer to AVA’s website or download AVA’s mobile app, SG TravelKaki for more information on bringing back animals from overseas travels.