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Monday, December 09, 2013
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Protecting our natural organic resources
The mammals hunted in T&T are utilised for food. It ranges from a protein supply to the hunter and his family to delicacy-type dishes for the society’s elite. These animals are a natural resource generated from forest environments. If forests maintains its integrity by providing sufficient cover, food and protection these animals would flourish to sustainable levels with the predatory pressure of man (hunting).
While farms have contributed to the production of meat protein which supports the human populations, it came with a cost. We are all aware that a chicken pumped up on hormones can produce six lbs of chicken meat in six weeks. On consumption of this meat, however, our males are slowly being converted into females. Is this happening? Is there a softening of the boys? This may not only be the result of poultry. Today, however, all farm animals are receiving hormonal treatment (Food for thought). Animals caught in the wild are organically grown, they are free of hormonal therapy.
Today the world order has identified the need for uncontaminated foods and appears to be going back to basics, where there is a concerted effort to have foods organically grown. We in T&T have it as a natural component in our present system, our animals are wild and we harvest (hunt) these species every hunting season. If we are to keep this sustainable organic stock we must continue to maintain our forest. Today hunters are contributing to maintaining our forest. I am appealing to the authorities, do not destroy this support. A moratorium would convert the 13,000 hunters into outlaws. Outlaws would have no conscience in utilising the resource.
South Eastern Hunters Association
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