Oct 2, 2011

It is now a criminal offense | Turtle hunting banned!


This is extremely good news... Didn't you know that the present administration running the country has put an end to the hunting and killing of Turtles in our beloved Trinidad and Tobago? The new law also prohibits the taking and eating of the eggs that turtles come ashore to lay every year. The law itself prohibits the killing, harpooning and sale of turtle meat in Trinidad and Tobago. The law is all about the "Protection of Turtle and Turtle Eggs Regulations".

It is estimated that every year over 6,000 thousand turtles come to the shores of Trinidad to lay their eggs. The Leatherback turtle has now been listed as an endangered species. They religiously return to Trinidad to lay theirs eggs to ensure that the species survives in a very destructive world that does not have any respect for nature's plan. Fortunately the government of Trinidad and Tobago has done the right thing... This is the correct decision, a sane decision that respects the species and sets us aside from many nations of the World. We are a caring people and this new law will surely help. 

The newly amended law that also protects the eggs (stated above) falls under Section 4 Chapter 67:51 of the new act approved by the Government of Trinidad and Tobago. This is particularly good news for the giant leather back turtles that religiously return to Trinidad year after year to lay their eggs.

The Act sates the following: 

“No person shall, at any time, kill, harpoon, catch or otherwise take possession of any turtle, or purchase, sell, offer or expose for sale or cause to be sold or offered for sale any turtle or turtle meat”. He further explained: “As you may be aware, Trinidad and Tobago holds the unique position of having nesting populations of five of the seven species of marine turtles occurring worldwide and has one of the largest nesting populations of Leatherback turtles in the world, second only to Africa.” Bharath said that all turtles were regarded as critically endangered worldwide according to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora (CITES) to which T&T was a party. “What this therefore means, members of the fishing community, is that no longer can turtles be considered a “by-catch”. It is our goal to foster the sustainable use and conservation of fisheries resources, and we urge you to join us.”
Information for this article was obtained from the Trinidad Guradian Newspaper - "Government ends all Turtle hunting"
Photo was obtained from: Google Images

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