CLOSE THE BACK DOOR ON WILD MEAT

CLOSE THE BACK DOOR ON WILD MEAT

Molly R Gaskin,

President,

The Pointe-a-Pierre Wildfowl Trust

Thursday, September 26, 2013

 

At last, a hunting moratorium! All involved must be congratulated, but there is a rumour buzzing about that we going to import wild meat! Have we thought this through?

 First, is it strictly within our laws, and if not, as we take years to amend laws that need to be amended, are we going to do this one overnight?

Very importantly, what about public health? Is the meat going to be “sanitized” before going on the market?

And what about our wide open “back door” and all the meat (like other stuff) that we all know comes in without any inspection?

Further, who is to ensure that all the wild meat that is going to flood the market will indeed be coming from abroad, and it is not our own wild meat being hunted and sold and passed off as foreign?

Who is to determine the difference between local wild meat and foreign wild meat?

Who is going to patrol all the forests and wetlands of this country to ensure that our wild meat is not taken?

Who will monitor, protect and enforce the law? Fourteen game wardens for the entire country? Who are we fooling?

Worse, or, just as bad, are we going to attempt to protect our biodiversity by assisting and allowing another country and people to endanger theirs? How are we going to look Internationally?

We are great at signing international agreements, conventions and protocols but abysmal at upholding them.

There is an urgent need for more, well- armed, well- trained game wardens in T&T and we have been calling aloud for this for a very long time now.

It seems we are spinning top in mud. It is more than time for us to get really serious.

Reminder: A simple fact of life- if continue to endanger our biodiversity we endanger ourselves.

The Pointe-a-Pierre Wildfowl Trust works German Embassy in Combating Climate Change in Trinidad and Tobago

  

The Pointe-a-Pierre Wildfowl Trust is proud to be supported by the German Embassy in Trinidad and Tobago again with a grant which would enable the Trust's outreach programme "Adapting to Climate Change". Trust Educators will visit schools specifically in rural areas of Trinidad and Tobago to share educational programmes to the youth engaging them in discussions and showing them that a "green lifestyle" helps fight climate change. 

The Embassy and the Trust have been long standing partners since 2011 in raising the awareness about climate change.

 

BG

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