Police commence special operation to confiscate dangerous animals

Police have today said they have started a special operation to seize all dangerous animals that are illegally imported to the country.

In a statement the police said they had commenced a joint special operation with the relevant government institutions after having noticed that sightings of such animals on streets and other places had become common in the Maldives.

Police said that aim of the special operation was to seize all these animals and take them under police charge before a regrettable incident occurs.

Furthermore, the police stated that the Ministry of Environment and Energy, the Fisheries Ministry, customs and the Maldives National Defence Force were all involved in the operation.

Police have also appealed to the public to inform police if they have any information by contacting the police hotline – 332 2111, the police emergency hotline – 119, or police Criminal Investigation Department – 963 1696.

On 16 March Police Commissioner Hussain Waheed met with Commissioner General of Customs Ahmed Mohamed and a delegation of senior customs official to discuss the increase in illegal animals being discovered during recent drug operations.

A police statement at the time reported that Waheed had told officials that citizens were now in constant fear, noting that the police did not have any role in the airports and other ports.

He also said that police now needed to conduct as many operations to confiscate illegal and dangerous animals as to curb drug related crimes.

Earlier in March, police discovered a royal python – a nonvenomous snake commonly kept as a pet – following a drugs raid in Himmafushi, Kaafu atoll, on March 4.

In a separate raid on March 7 police also confiscated a Kingsnake and a Mexican red-kneed tarantula from a house in Malé.

A slow loris was also discovered by police in a drugs raid in Malé in Januray 21.  It has been revealed this week that the ministry is considering destroying the animal after attempts to find a suitable home had failed.


4 thoughts on “Police commence special operation to confiscate dangerous animals”

  1. Hey guys, I know a place where very dangerous, vicious animals are kept. They're a genetically altered subspecies of homo sapiens who think they're angels or something. Anyway, once they're set loose, they'll kick, bite and grope men, women and even children.

    They're usually seen wearing a variety of police uniform that kinda looks like a patchwork of light blue and dark blue, so I think the MPS purposefully breeds these harmful creatures to use on innocent civilians.

    If you're going to confiscate them, I recommend using poison gas to subdue them first. Good luck!

  2. Wonder what the police will do to all these once they are confiscated. Probably the same thing that happens to the drug they confiscate - into their pockets or used by them. Additionally, families related to MNDF and Police own many of these dangerous species. Hence raiding their homes would be a good kick off!
    Good Hunting!

  3. Introducing alien animal species to Maldives fragile Eco system is a recipe for ecological disaster

    But with regards to imported snakes and spiders in Male, the green lobby is silent. Ayou hear are some political comments - such half baked hypo racy from environmental activists

    Also no one has taken responsibility for animal quarantine. It has to be the Agriculture ministry who has this mandate but every one pointing finger at customs

    The minister with fat salary entrusted with animal quarantine is too young to be aware that it's his line of work

    Grow up man


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