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The Ministry of the Environ-
ment and Water Resources
earlier this year, gave an oppor-
tunity to all interested people
and organisations to express
their views on wildlife conser-
vation by holding consultations
in various parts of T&T and by
inviting submission of proposals
for the consideration of the
I have been informed that
most of the conservation
groups did submit their pro-
posals to the ministry, but since
that time, in my opinion, they
have been relatively silent.
There have been only a few
letters to the editor and these
only from two or three writers.
Meanwhile the hunters asso-
ciations are making their voices
heard. They are determined to
maintain their status quo. And
this they are entitled to do.
Their privileges include:
(1) Enjoying a 12-month
hunting season annually---five
months with guns and dogs
and seven months with dogs
during the closed season, popu-
larly known as "exercising of
(2) Trespassing on privately-
owned land with impunity.
Apparently hunters consider
this to be their "right";
(3) The sale of wild meat;
(4) The capture and sale of
songbirds for the pet trade;
(5) The issue of 20,000 hunt-
ing licences annually. This is
excessive as the number of
hunting licences issued annually
should bear a relationship to
the number of game animals
which remain in the forest;
Hunting without knowing
how many of each species of
game animal remain in the for-
est must cease. Inventory of
each species urgently required.
An estimate of the game popu-
lation must be determined
annually before any licences are
issued. Licences must be issued
annually by a lottery draw.
Fourteen game wardens to
patrol the 1980 square miles
that is T&T is unrealistic.
Increase in the number of game
wardens urgently required;
Penalties imposed on offend-
ers found guilty are too low
and do not act as a deterrent
to would be offenders.
For success of this moratori-
um to be achieved there must
be the dedication to duty and
the will to succeed of all staff
members of the Wildlife Sec-
tion and those of the Forestry
There must be dissemination
of information about the
amendments to the Act, espe-
cially among the rural villages.
Villagers must appreciate the
long-term benefits to be
derived from leaving the game
animals unmolested to breed
and to multiply for two years.
The co-operation of the
police, the magistracy, the coast
guard, the customs and impor-
tantly, the general public is
required if conservation and
sustainable management of our
wildlife resources is to be
Wildlife conservationists, it
has taken 50 years for this
attempt at significantly amend-
ing the Conservation of Wildlife
Act of 1958.
I am urging you to make
your voices heard now, because
another opportunity like the
present one may not recur in
the near future.
ALL THE WILDLIFE
The Health Minister has apologised for the
bird/swine flu mix up.
We have six confirmed cases which is a definite
cause for concern. The country needs to be aware of the
various symptoms example, sudden high fever. It needs
to know who are the high risk groups---pregnant
women, children under two years and people 65 years
The population must know how the flu is spread---
through droplets released through the air from the
coughs or sneezes of an infected person. The infected
person can spread the virus from one day before symp-
toms develop to seven days after symptoms appear.
High-risk people, over 65, those under five years,
pregnant women, people with lung diseases and obese
individuals should be vaccinated.
The health minister says he is in control, but then
again he is a politician.
to open more days
What is wrong with racing and bet-
ting on horses and dogs in T&T? Sim-
ply put, everything.
I cannot, for the love of me, under-
stand why racing is run on every Sun-
day in Metropilitan countries and, as of
2014, on Good Friday in the United
Someone must have the ears of
those who make the rules here to
allow private members clubs/casinos
who, in the words of the Minster of Fi-
nance are operating illegally, to open
24/7 all over T&T.
Look at some bars/restaurants and
see their "Notice of Licence". They say
"any day, any time", and one can eas-
ily come to the conclusion that there
is a strong lobby to retain the status
My wife and family may kill me for
expressing these views but right is
right and left out is wrong.
Ex-betting shop owner
Betting Levy Board
did not pay for
Reference is made to a letter to the
editor headlined "Betting Levy Board
must clear the air" bearing the name
"William Castillo, Trincity" published in
the Guardian newspaper on Saturday
28, September, 2013.
I wish to categorically state that the
Betting Levy Board (BLB) did not pay
"half of the cost to bring ace US based
jockey, Javier Castellano, to Trinidad to
ride at Santa Rosa Park on Derby Day"
nor did the BLB make any contribution
whatsoever to the airfare, accommo-
dation or any other costs associated
with the participation by overseas
based jockeys who rode at Santa Rosa
Park on Derby Day.
Chief Executive Officer,
Betting Levy Board
More info needed on swine flu
A section of the fence surrounding the Chaguanas Magistrates court is in
desperate need of repairs as it is held together by make-shift wire, old poles
and even a police barricade. It's really an eyesore. PHOTO: KRISTIAN DE SILVA
STATE OF DISREPAIR
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