AVA seizes two star tortoises and one hedgehog from seller

The seller transported the star tortoises and hedgehog in plastic containers (Photo: AVA)

The Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) has seized two star tortoises and one hedgehog from a seller, in a joint operation with animal welfare group ACRES.

The operation took place on 8 March, an AVA spokesman said in a statement on Wednesday (15 March).

The animals are being cared for by Wildlife Reserves Singapore while AVA investigates the case of alleged online sale of illegal pets, the spokesman added.

It is an offence to keep illegal wildlife, such as star tortoises and hedgehogs, as pets in Singapore. A person who is convicted of the offence faces a fine of up to $50,000 per animal and/or a jail term of up to two years.

AVA reminds the public not to import or keep wild animals as pets. Any members of the public who have information on illegal wildlife activities can contact AVA at 6805 2992 to make a report.