Ministry of Environment Sets Up Hotline to Report Illegal Animal Trade
The ministry has been carefully monitoring and stamping out these sales, which have become increasingly frequent over the internet.
The Ministry of Environment has established a hotline to receive reports of illegal trafficking of animals and birds. The ministry has been carefully monitoring and stamping out these sales, which have become increasingly frequent over the internet, and involve wild creatures like lion cubs, hyenas, foxes, monkeys, lizards, crocodiles, and several species of exotic birds such as parrots and falcons.
Article 28 of Environmental Law No. 4 of 1996 prohibits the hunting, killing and capture of wild animals and birds, with an executive regulation of the law also prohibiting the possession and sale of these creatures, whether dead or alive. Whomever is found in violation of this law will be fined between EGP 200 and EGP 5,000, and will have all seized animals and birds confiscated from them.
The hotline is available at 19808, with the Ministry of Environment accepting complaints and reports through their WhatsApp number at 01222693333.