‘Illegal’ animals seized – Gympie Today

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This black-tailed cockatoo was one of three seized from a Sunshine Coast property, after it was discovered the birds had been purchased from a seller who was not licensed to sell native animals.

When it comes to the illegal wildlife trade, buyers and sellers are not birds of a feather and while they may strike a deal, they don’t always come together.

Wildlife officers from the Department of Environment and Science (DES) recently took possession of three red-tailed black cockatoos from a Sunshine Coast buyer who fell victim to an illegal seller in Gumtree Market.

Liz Vang, Senior Wildlife Officer, warned that buyers should be aware of dodgy dealers in the wildlife trade who do not have the necessary licenses or paperwork to legally sell native wildlife.

“Buyer beware when it comes to buying native wildlife, whether from social media platforms, Gumtree or someone’s backyard,” he said. she declared.

“If the seller does not have the necessary licenses or documentation, the buyer should not proceed with the purchase as they will likely lose the animal and may receive a Notice of Penalty Violation.”

“Wildlife officers took possession of three red-tailed black cockatoos from the buyer after an investigation concluded that the seller did not have the legal authority to sell the birds.”

“Following an investigation, the buyer was fined $689 and the seller was fined $2,067.

“The Red-tailed Black Cockatoos are now in quarantine at the RSPCA’s Wacol facilities and when they pass their veterinary checks they will be legally rehomed thanks to the co-operation agreements we have with the RSPCA.

“Not knowing the rules for the trade in native wildlife is no excuse. People who buy and sell native wildlife must have legal authority to trade, including appropriate licenses and documentation. »

Ms. Vang said the illegal wildlife trade can have serious consequences for our native species.

“Australian wildlife should be left in the bush, and people who want native animals as pets should make sure they have the proper license and buy them from a legal source such as pet shops or a licensee. licensed,” she said.

“Wildlife officers receive regular reports from concerned members of the public and regularly check online sites for people who trade in native wildlife. The department will contact those suspected of operating illegally.

“The maximum penalty for trading in native wildlife without legal authorization is $13,785.”

People can report illegal wildlife trade by calling 1300 130 372.

For more information on wildlife license holder responsibilities, please see: www.qld.gov.au/environment/plants-animals/wildlife-permits/permit-types/keeping-native-animals.

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