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Making sense of the moratorium
Well, the two-year moratorium on hunting is now a reality. Very early on I expressed support for a moratorium, with the caveat that it must be done the right way. I was a little suspicious about the alacrity with which environment and water resources minister Ganga Singh was pursing the moratorium. Its opponents believe the measure has been pushed through so that friends of the government could benefit from a lucrative trade in imported wild meat.
Given that a considerable amount of the game that makes it into your pots originates from outside of T&T anyway, I am not sure the anti-moratorium lobby gave that theory sufficient thought. The illegal importation of wild meat is a well-established trade which acknowledges the inability of our local hunters to meet the insatiable demand for “forbidden flesh.” There was another rumour which circulated as the moratorium drew closer. This has however turned out to be true!
Minister Ganga Singh announced this week that wildlife farming will play a major role in boosting wildlife populations during the moratorium. There are a few things which concern me about this idea. It is being suggested that an animal rehabilitation centre in Brigand hill, Manzanilla will breed species for release into the wild. There are numerous complexities associated with breeding wildlife for release. Genetic diversity has to be assured, human imprinting must be avoided; it’s a complex process.
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