South Australian man guilty on 10 charges of wildlife crime

16 January 2018

(Issued by Department of the Environment and Energy)

 

A forty-nine-year old security contractor has pled guilty to nine charges of possessing, and one charge of importing, illegal animal specimens listed under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

On 9 January 2018, Mr Terry Dalkos was fined $4,000 in the Magistrates Court of South Australia.

The Norwood resident appeared in court on charges of possessing specimens of leopards, bears, lions, a gray wolf, a cheetah and an organgutan.

He was also charged with importing the skull of a babirusa (deer pig).

In July 2016 officers from the federal Department of the Environment and Energy’s Office of Compliance searched the defendant’s house and located and seized a number of animal specimens.

Staff from the Australian Museum have confirmed that eight specimens are listed in Appendix I and II of CITES, including a gray wolf, leopard and a babirusa.

The defendant also admitted to selling other CITES-listed specimens including bears, a cheetah, lions, organgutans and primates.

The illegal wildlife trade is worth billions globally, with thousands of endangered animals killed per year for profit.

Wildlife trafficking is driving the decline of many species around the world and the Australian Government is committed to protecting and conserving endangered plants and animals.

The maximum penalty for wildlife trade offences under Australian law is 10 years imprisonment and a fine of up to $210,000 for individuals, or up to $1,050,000 for corporations.

Australia is a signatory to CITES and implements the Convention under its national environment law, the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act).

Under Australian law, it is illegal to posess and import CITES-listed species without a permit.

Members of the public with any information about trade in illegal wildlife or wildlife products should contact  wildlifetrade.compliance@environment.gov.au or 02 6274 1900.

Further information can be found at www.environment.gov.au/biodiversity/wildlife-trade.