Customs officers at Man Kam To Control Point seized 1,080 live birds which were being imported without valid health certificates.
Upon intercepting a cross-boundary lorry arriving from Shenzhen for inspection, customs officers found 1,080 birds in 11 cages inside the vehicle, including 986 Mongolian larks, 68 Japanese White-eyes, 13 Hwameis, four White-rumped Munias, four Pied Bushchats, three Orange-headed Thrushes, one White-tailed Blue Robin and one Sparrow.
The birds, whose original source is unknown, have been taken to the AFCD's animal management centre for inspection. Samples will be taken for avian influenza testing.
A 59-year-old male driver was arrested. The case was handed over to the AFCD for follow-up action. An investigation is being conducted.
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