12 Aug '17, 9pm

AVA inspectors share tales of hunting down illegal wildlife owners

AVA inspectors share tales of hunting down illegal wildlife owners

Nobody answered the door when two Agri-food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) inspectors made a surprise visit to a Bukit Panjang flat based on intelligence. The pair - who wanted to be known only as John and Tom - left after an hour of waiting. But when they returned to the same flat four hours later, they struck gold. They found a hedgehog, slightly bigger than an adult's palm, kept in a plastic tank inside the flat. The Sunday Times was given an exclusive look into the inspectors' work by tagging along during the raid around a month ago, as they shared accounts of the desperate tactics used by illegal wildlife owners who find themselves becoming the prey of the authorities. Get The Straits Times newsletters in your inbox Sign Up John, who is in his 40s and has eight years of experience, said that when cornered with incriminating evidence, some illegal wildlife o...

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