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Ganga looks at wildlife farming
Minister of the Environment and Water Resources Ganga Singh said wildlife farming will play a major role in boosting the local wildlife population during the two-year moratorium on hunting. He expressed confidence about the initiative during a tour of the Brigand Hill Animal Rehabilitation Centre in Manzanilla, yesterday morning. Singh was invited by the T&T Zoological Society (TTZS) to tour the 300-acre rehabilitation facility where he got a closer look at local wildlife species, including agouti, deer, monkeys, macaws and wild hogs. The centre is currently being used by the T&T Zoological Society to examine models for commercial wildlife farming. “As part of the moratorium, we intend to engage in commercial wildlife farming,” he said.
“This will be looked after by the Zoological Society and funded by the Green Fund. The centre here at Brigand Hill clearly demonstrates that it is possible to develop wildlife farming. It also shows the affinity between man and wild animals. “This is one of the reasons why we have engaged in this moratorium; to give these animals a chance to replicate in their natural environment so that they will be present for generations to come.” Singh said his ministry is taking a serious approach to the enforcement of the two-year moratorium on hunting and emphasised the importance of punitive sanctions. “In the coming weeks, we will show the nation our latest approach to enforcement in the protection of wildlife,” he said.
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