Tuesday 19 March, 2019

Illegal wild meat seized in Cedros

Illegally imported wild meat was seized in Cedros over the weekend.

Illegally imported wild meat was seized in Cedros over the weekend.

As the Christmas season approaches, citizens are being warned against eating illegally imported wild meat as this may be harmful for human consumption.

Agriculture, Lands and Fisheries Minister Clarence Rambharat shared a social media post on Wednesday showing wild animal carcasses which had been seized by officials in Cedros. 

"Earlier today, law enforcement intercepted a vessel in Cedros and seized a large amount of wild meat being brought into the country illegally. It includes over 100 agouti, and large amounts of deer, wildhog, lappe and tattoo."

Rambharat said officers of the Ministry's Animal Production and Health Division worked with other State entities to deal with the matter.

"Consumers of wild meat are reminded to be on the lookout for meat being brought into the country illegally. This meat may be harmful for human consumption," Rambharat said. 

According to reports, Customs and Excise officers spotted a group of men offloading crocus bags from a pirogue called Miguelito 1 on Galfa beach.

On seeing the officers, the men scattered and escaped, leaving behind their illegal bounty of over 200 wild animals consisting of deer, lappe, wild hogs, agoutis and tattoos (armadillos). The meat was eventually destroyed. 

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