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Online wild animal store raided in Kirulapone

29 July 2013 04:00 pm - 6     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


A man who is reported to sell wild animals online was arrested by the officers of the Department of Wildlife Conservation (DWC) today following a raid conducted in Kirillapone.

The sales had been carried out online and interested buyers were asked to order these animals online.

Wildlife Officers had recovered a python, a monkey, a snake and a green iguana of foreign origin. The DWC media unit said the illegal online wild animal store had priced the python at Rs.10,000, the snake at Rs.4,000 and the green iguana at Rs.17,500.

The raid was conducted last morning by undercover wildlife officers posing as potential buyers.

The Media Unit had informed that an individual identified as Mohammed Rafeek Mohamed Sadham Hamri had kept these animals in house on High Level Road, Kirillapone.

The raiding unit was headed by Assistant Director W.A.A.B.U. Indrajith and comprised Wildlife Range Officer W.A.A.P. Wijesinghe, Wildlife Assistant Range Officer K.W.D. Jayalal, wildlife game guards A.S. Bandara, G.R. Ratnayake, and Priyantha Fernondao.

Meanwhile explaining the legal aspect, senior environmental lawyer Jagath Gunawardena said keeping selling animals that are protected are offences under the Flora and Fauna Protection Ordinance. He said to possess a foreign species the owner has to have documents to prove importation and a CITES certificate depending on the particular species.

The man who kept the animals for sale will be produced before the Gangodawila Magistrate

  Comments - 6

  • Hilzeena Abdeen Tuesday, 30 July 2013 11:36 AM

    This is not funny, if these foreign wild animals enter our natural environment it may even create a bio diversity disaster, keeping these creatures is not fair and if it is not stopped by authorities at this stage, more players might get into the show and make the situation worse. this issue is not only about caged animal's freedom , there is a larger scientific issue. Those who do not understand that the natural environmental factors are interlinked, won't understand how big this issue is.

    Tony Monday, 29 July 2013 09:30 PM

    First we had the cobra girl, now we have wild animals. Beware of chinese.

    Wildlife Srilanka Tuesday, 30 July 2013 10:45 AM

    damn mama

    Salman Tuesday, 30 July 2013 08:06 AM

    but he is not chinese
    screw the chinese

    kumara Tuesday, 30 July 2013 08:08 AM

    just sale for living income poor people s
    why police not catch heroine/ drugs/ and other rubbish work.???????????????? is that ok ???????

    HK Monday, 29 July 2013 04:10 PM

    What's wrong selling by online ! Then close all the shops who sell birds cats n dogs

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