Police Seize Smuggled Chinchillas Valued at NT$8M|男子走私"龍貓鼠"遭查獲 總價約800萬

公視 08-12 00:00

Fifty rodents worth around NT$8 million on the pet market have been seized at the Kaohsiung Harbor. These long-tailed chinchillas, which people liken to animation character Totoro, were smuggled from China and could meet the fate of euthanasia.


Chinchillas have become a popular pet in recent years. On the 11th, the Kaohsiung Harbor Police seized a shipment of 50 smuggled chinchillas valued at NT$8 million.

None of the smuggled specimens smuggled into Taiwan by the suspect surnamed Yang have been inspected. Once the investigation is closed, we will (dispose of the animals) in accordance with the Wildlife Conservation Act and Statute for Prevention and Control of Infectious Animal Diseases.

Wild chinchillas are a protected species in Taiwan. The Forestry Bureau believes the smuggled chinchillas came from breeders due to their multi-colored fur. To prevent ecological damage and disease, Taiwan euthanizes smuggled animals.

We will ask the Forestry Bureau to make sure they are not a protected breed. If they are, they will not be euthanized. If they are not a protected breed, they will be handed over to us for humanitarian euthanasia. They must be destroyed in case they are carrying diseases.

The Kaohsiung Harbor Police and Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine say people should not smuggle animals into Taiwan as it is first of all illegal and second of all harmful to everyone.



可愛的龍貓鼠在籠子內好奇地把頭探出來,龍貓鼠學名為毛絲鼠,因為長得像龍貓又溫馴,所以很受民眾喜愛;高雄港務警察總隊的警員忙著清點數量,這是11號查獲的走私龍貓鼠,共有50隻、估計總價大約八百萬元。

高港警大仁中隊中隊長 李希嶽表示:「楊嫌走私的活體動物,未經檢疫,訊畢後,我們依野生動物保育法,及動物傳染病防治條例,予以偵辦。」

龍貓鼠如果是野生的,在台灣屬於一級保育類,但林務局判斷這批走私龍貓鼠的毛色多樣,應該是人工繁殖出來的,所以不列入保育類。為了杜絕走私動植物在台灣造成生態破壞,甚至疾病傳染,像這樣非保育類的走私動物若是查獲都得人道銷毀。

動植物防檢局高雄分局副分局長 甯順熙表示:「跟林務局,要確認牠的品種,是不是屬於保育級的。需要保留留置的,牠就會留置下來,如果其牠的,就會交給我們,做後續的一些人道處理,做後續的銷毀,讓儘可能不要有一些攜帶的病源害發生。」

為了避免國外沒經過檢疫的動植物造成台灣的防疫破口,高雄港警局跟動植物防檢局都呼籲民眾,千萬不要走私動植物,以免觸法、也害人害己。

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