07 Dec '17, 4am

Illegal digging for shellfish at Sungei Buloh is part of a larger problem for local wildlife

Illegal digging for shellfish at Sungei Buloh is part of a larger problem for local wildlife

Singapore is home to a wide range of biodiversity where a total of 392 species of birds and at least 2,100 native vascular plants have been recorded . But if you think that with all this wildlife, you could easily just live off nature, think again. Because they are protected under the law. The Wild Animals and Birds Act, originally enacted in 1965, serve to protect animals and birds in Singapore. Under the Act, it is an offence to kill, take or keep any wild animals without a licence. In 2005, the Parks and Trees Act was enacted to expand the scope of which our biodiversity can be protected. Under the Parks and Trees Act, one is not allowed to remove or collect wildlife (not just animals and birds) from parks and nature reserves. The maximum fine for offenders who poach animals from a public park is $5,000. For nature reserves and national parks, the fine goes up to $50,00...

Full article: https://mothership.sg/2017/12/illegal-digging-shellfish-s...

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