A 45-year-old man attempting to smuggle live kittens out of Singapore was stopped when Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) officers heard strange sounds coming from his pants.
The man drove up to the Tuas Checkpoint in a Singapore-registered car. As officers began their search of the vehicle, they heard the muffled sounds of cats.
“Officers were prompted to conduct further checks when they heard ‘meowing’ sounds coming from a bulge in his pants,” the immigration authority posted.
Upon further inspection, the officers found four kittens in the man’s pants. The officers then alerted the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA), which oversees all animal smuggling cases.
“Smuggled animals are of unknown health status and may introduce exotic diseases, such as rabies, to Singapore,” the AVA posted. “Under the Animals and Birds Act, the importation of any animals or live birds into Singapore without a license is illegal and carries a maximum penalty of a $10,000 fine, imprisonment for up to a year, or both.”
“Travellers are reminded against the illegal import of live animals into Singapore to safeguard public and animal health.”
According to Channel News Asia, bringing animals into Singapore without the proper license could result in as much as S$10,000 in fines and time behind bars.
Matthew Russell is a West Michigan native and with a background in journalism, data analysis, cartography and design thinking. He likes to learn new things and solve old problems whenever possible, and enjoys bicycling, going to the dog park, spending time with his daughter, and coffee.
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