Sunday 22 September, 2019

Watch: Hundreds of illegally imported iguanas spotted at local depot

Video footage of what appeared to be hundreds of iguanas at a local depot has been shared online, raising concern from citizens.

The video, which was shared to social media on Wednesday, showed iguanas which appeared to be smuggled over in sacks. Some of the animals appeared to be pregnant. The date of the video is not yet known.

It is suspected that the animals were smuggled over from Venezuela. 

 

Minister of Agriculture, Lands and Fisheries, Clarence Rambharat, said his ministry continues to crack down on the illegal importation of wild animals.

"I have said on many occasions that there is an illegal trade in wildlife and livestock from Venezuela. We continue to work with the Coast Guard, Customs and the Police to enforce the law."

Some citizens asked what can be done to stop the illegal importation of wild animals. 

John-Paul Mollineaux: "Nah man this is too much. Ridiculous"

Lester Torres: "Non ah dem iguna kno english...put in despacito n see dem."

Jennifer Sanchez: "Hunting season close here not Venezuela .d.ppl hungry and they have plenty iguana. Why not sell some.how yuh go charge them."

Priince Guzu: "What the forestry division wildlife section doing about this?"

Hunting season in Trinidad and Tobago is closed from February 28, 2018, and reopens on October 1, 2018.

Although special permits are required for the hunting of certain species, there are currently no bag limits in place.

 

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