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Number of unique or exotic animals seized, 2016-2019

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From: Adam Baheej Adada

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Dear Department of Agriculture and Water Resources,

I am writing to make a request under the Freedom of Information Act 1982.

I am seeking any documents that detail the number of live animals classified as 'unique or exotic' that were seized by the Department between 2016 and 2019. These may include animals being illegally imported or exported that were seized at the border, or animals already within Australia.

In particular, I am seeking documents that detail the scientific or common names of the animals seized, the amount of animals seized in each relevant month/year, and the locations they were seized from.

I also request that any fees related to this request be waived under public interest, given the media interest in this matter and that the response to this request will be published publicly online at the Right to Know website.

Yours faithfully,
Adam Baheej Adada

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Department of Agriculture and Water Resources

Dear Adam Baheej Adada,

Acknowledgement of your Freedom of Information Request

 

I refer to your request for access to documents under the Freedom of
Information Act 1982 (the FOI Act) to the following:

‘I am seeking any documents that detail the number of live animals
classified as 'unique or exotic' that were seized by the Department
between 2016 and 2019. These may include animals being illegally imported
or exported that were seized at the border, or animals already within
Australia.

 

In particular, I am seeking documents that detail the scientific or common
names of the animals seized, the amount of animals seized in each relevant
month/year, and the locations they were seized from.’

 

Your request was received by the department on 14 May 2019 and the 30 day
statutory period for processing your request commenced from the day after
that date. The period of 30 days may be extended if we need to consult
third parties or for other reasons. We will advise you if this happens.

 

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request and the amount of any such charge as soon as practicable. No
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Regards,

 

Ashleigh

FOI Officer | Information Law Team

Office of the General Counsel | Assurance and Legal Division

Department of Agriculture and Water Resources

 

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