Move to protect wild birds

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 08 February, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 08 February, 1998, 12:00am

WILD ducks, egrets and teals from China will have to be licensed for import to protect them from 'over-exploitation' through international trade, the Government announced yesterday.

The birds were named in the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) as needing extra protection - and Hong Kong, as a party to CITES through China, has extended controls.

Some species of turtles, deer, squirrels and doves have also been included in the new extension of import and export laws.

Anyone exporting any of the listed animals from Hong Kong will also need a licence.

Failing to get one could mean a $5 million fine or two years' jail for someone running a business, or $100,000 and one year's jail for an individual.