Man who sold illegal wildlife and transported them in plastic containers fined $6,600

A 33-year-old man, Lim Kok Huat, was fined $6,600 by the court on Sep 13 for the possession and keeping of illegal wildlife.

The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) said in a news release that it received a tip-off on Feb 28, about how an individual was allegedly selling illegal wildlife online.

"We worked with our informant to monitor his activities and subsequently conducted a sting operation on March 8," it added.

Two Indian Star tortoises and a hedgehog, which were meant for sale, were seized during the operation.

Lim had transported them in plastic containers.

The animals were subsequently placed under the care of Wildlife Reserves Singapore.