Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : July 15th 2013 Contents A fish monger will appear before an Arima mag-
istrate this morning for attempting to sell turtle
meat outside of the hunting season.
According to reports, shortly after 1 pm, game
wardens led by Nirmal Ramtahal received a tip-
off that a fish vendor along Cocorite Road, Arima,
was selling turtle meat.
The wardens along with fisheries officers from
the Ministry of Food Production, Land and Marine
Affairs, went to the location and conducted sur-
veillance on the fish stall.
The lawmen intervened when they noticed the
vendor weighing the carcasses of several baby tur-
The officers confronted the vendor and informed
him that what he was doing was illegal.
He was arrested and the carcasses of 28 turtles
were seized. The fish monger was taken to the
Arima Police Station where he was charged under
the Fisheries Act and the Protection of Turtle and
Turtle Eggs Regulations.
Section 3 of the regulation states: "No person
shall, between March 1 and September 30, kill, har-
poon, or otherwise take possession of or purchase,
sell, offer or expose for sale or cause to be sold or
offered or exposed for sale any turtle or turtle
The offence carries a penalty of a $2,000 fine
and six months imprisonment.
Game wardens Hardeo Ramnarine, Jha Kisto,
Pretam Khemraj, Martin Stewart and Rickel Roberts
were also involved in the seizure.
in court today
Charged with selling turtle
meat outside hunting season
Carcasses of turtles seized by police at a fish stall along Cocorite Road, Arima, on Saturday.
Turtle carcasses seized on display.
Seventh Day Aventist Pastor
Dr Clive Dottin says T&T is
sinking into an abyss as leaders
fail to realise that the young peo-
ple of this nation are looking on
at what they are doing and say-
Dottin, addressing the 2nd
annual RapidFire Kidz Foundation
charity dinner, Paria Suites, La
Romain on Saturday night,
lamented that T&T is being
"taken for a ride.
"I personally feel that we are
going through one of our darkest
hours in this country. We kind of
blurred the lines between charm,
charisma and substance. It is per-
haps the most detrimental mis-
take that we are making right
now," Dottin said.
The no holds barred Pastor,
who has been known for his
straight-talking personality, did
not mince words as he reflected
on the state of T&T.
"I shudder, I cry for this
beloved country. I feel that we
are sinking into a very dark abyss.
I also think we are being carried
for a ride and I want to begin by
suggesting that the young people
and children are looking on at us.
They are looking at who we emu-
late, who we applaude, who we
affirm," Dottin said.
He said too often citizens
remain silent on issues which
need to draw national attention.
Dottin pointed to the arrest of
Vijay Outim, a cricket fan, on Fri-
day who allegedly threw a bottle
at ace Sri Lankan bowler Lasith
Malinga at the Queen s Park Oval,
"How could an individual go
to the Queen s Park Oval, watch-
ing a final between Sri Lanka and
India and hurl a missile at Malin-
ga. What excuse is there for that?
And yet as a society we remain
quiet when we should not remain
quiet when we should express
outrage," he said.
Dottin said T&T was in the
throes of the "silly season" and
he reminded all those engaging
in the Chaguanas West by-elec-
tion campaign to remember "the
young people are watching you."
He said it was "critical" that
citizens take a hard look are the
examples they are setting and the
models they are becoming.
Dottin commended the Rapid-
Fire Kidz Foundation and its Pres-
ident attorney Kevin Ratiram, for
their vision to work with under-
However he said: "If we have
to rescue children we must pos-
sess the courage, the testicular
and ovarian fortitude, to rescue
them from significant major
league players in the society who
abuse them, take advantage of
While he lamented this, Dottin
said, there is a need to protect
children from "irresponsible and
reckless parents. We have to pro-
tect children from toxic adults
and a toxic environment."
He related horrific stories of
children who are forced into gangs
and are being sexually exploited.
Dottin said children must be
protected from the misinforma-
tion about marijuana which
caused a litany of health prob-
He said special attention must
be paid to the nutritional needs
of children who were being
exposed to poor nutrition and
Ratiram shared Dottin s assess-
ment of the state of T&T s affairs.
He questioned if T&T is a "set-
tled nation," since corruption and
daily fighting seems to be the
"order of the day."
"It is incumbent upon us to do
some serious introspection," Rati-
Dottin: This country
is in its darkest hour
Pastor Dr Clive Dottin
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