In a statement, the Territorial Command of Madeira has confirmed that they alongside the Environmental Protection Centre of Funchal seized fifty-nine wild animals located in a private facility in Caniçal this week.
The operation was part of the government’s importation and detention of non-indigenous specimens in the Autonomous Region of Madeira (RAM) policy. The statute aims to protect and control wildlife species entering the island. As such, the military carried out a surveillance operation identifying several species of wild animals, in a commercial establishment open to the public under the guise of a ‘zoo exhibition.’
Two notices were served on the 41-year-old owner. One for lack of authorisation to import non-indigenous specimens into the country, and the second for failure to obtain the correct administrative license for the running of a zoological activity. Both offences are punishable by fines of up to €3,750, to be imposed by the Institute for Forests and Nature Conservation (IFCN), IP – RAM and the Regional Directorate for Agriculture.
The animals seized were:
– 42 turtles
– Seven snakes
– six tortoises
and Four lizards
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