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Zoological Society supports ban on hunting
The Zoological Society yesterday pledged its support to the proposed two-year moratorium on hunting announced by Environment and Water Resources Minister Ganga Singh earlier this week. In a statement, the society said it will be “standing strong” behind Singh on the issue. Apart from the two-year ban on hunting, which Singh sees as critical to preventing the depletion of wildlife stock, he is also seeking to increase fines for illegal hunting from $2,000 to $50,000 along with a term in prison.
The society said it was “pleased over the timeliness of this action which will in effect stop any opening of the hunting season due in October.” The statement said local game species had been diminishing in numbers over the years. The society also urged the Forestry Division to “take the necessary measures to ensure proper enforcement and management of the moratorium when it comes into effect.”
The study of this information, the society said, would help in framing a proper hunting regime for the future that would not be detrimental to game species. Members of the hunting fraternity have already criticised the impending decision. They said they intend to seek the intervention of President Anthony Carmona.
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