JITRA: A lorry driver was fined RM3,000 for transporting 72 live goats without written permission from the authorities.
Muthu Kumaresan Mariapan, 26, from Kampung Muhibah Bandar Darulaman pleaded guilty before magistrate Mohd Hadi Hakimi Harun when he was charged on Wednesday (April 28).
The accused was charged with moving the livestock in a lorry at about 4.30pm on March 7 this year near the junction of Kampung Langsat 2 along the stretch of Changlun to Kuala Perlis expressway.
He was said to have committed the offence under Order (a) of the Control Area for the Eradication of Foot and Mouth Disease of the state of Kedah 2006 subsection 36 (1) of the Animals Act 1953.
The offence, punishable under Section 36 (7) of the Act, carries a maximum fine of RM15,000.
State Veterinary Services Department prosecuting officer Tuan Anuar Sulzi Tuan Abdullah requested the court to mete out a deterrent sentence to serve as a lesson to the accused and the public.
"The department spent a huge sum of money to prevent the spread and outbreak of the disease.
"If the disease is spread and gets out of control, it will pose a risk to other animals and humans, as well as jeopardise public health," he said, adding that any outbreak could result in the collapse of the country's economy which depended on the export of livestock.
In mitigation, Muthu Kumaresan, who was not represented, pleaded for a lower fine.
Magistrate Mohd Hadi Hakimi then ordered the accused to pay a fine of RM3,000, in default one month's jail.
He also ordered the revenue from the sales of the seized goats, amounting to RM5,132.15, to be given to the department.
The accused paid the fine.