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Trading in Endangered Species on the Internet

The Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) is aware that some endangered species, such as tortoises, parrots, iguanas, pythons, corals and giant clams etc., are available for sale via the internet.  Please be reminded that trading in endangered species via the internet or through any other means without a possession license issued in advance by AFCD or documentary evidence proving that the live specimen is of captive-bred origin may constitute an offence. Under the Protection of Endangered Species of Animals and Plants Ordinance (Cap. 586), except with specified exemptions, possession of specimen of a scheduled endangered species requires a license issued in advance from AFCD.  Any person contravening the licensing requirements will be prosecuted and liable to maximum penalty of a fine of HK$ 10 million and imprisonment for 10 years.

For details about the control on endangered species and the licensing procedures, please call 1823 or visit AFCD's website at www.cites.hk .

Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department

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