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After listening and reading of
the public s view on the
support for the two-year mora-
torium on hunting, proposed by
the Minister of the Environ-
ment and Water Resources, the
Hounourable Mr Ganga Singh, I
have come to the conclusion
that the public is very misin-
1. The official hunting season
in T&T is from October 1 to
February 28/29 for animals
such as agouti deer, lappe,
The hunting season for water
fowl opens on November 1 and
runs to February 28/29.
2. The depletion of the
wildlife stock is not due to the
legal sport hunters but the ille-
gal poaching of illegal hunters
that is done in the close sea-
son, April 1 to September 39,
which is left unabated by the
The under-staffed game war-
dens drive the roads and traces,
they do not trek into the forest
or into any game sanctuary to
arrest any illegal hunters.
3. The close season is at a
time when animals reproduce,
so imagine the destruction by
4. During the official hunting
season legal sport hunters are
guardian and conservators, of
the forest and wildlife illegal
hunters and their trapguns
The marijuana planters cease
their activities or move deeper
into the forest.
At around 75 per cent of the
camps that were deemed illegal,
you will find fruit trees such as
mango, chennette, pommerac,
coconut, lime, lemon, fig and
others that are food for ani-
5. Nothing has been said
about the St Patrick hunters
group and its members, who
for many years have been
planting trees in the Quinam
forest. In July of 2011 the Min-
istry of Forestry held a week-
long seminar on San Fernando
Hill in celebration of the year
of the Forest. South Eastern
Hunters Association had erected
a booth there to sensitise peo-
6. The Trinity Hills game
sanctuary has been criss-
crossed by tracks for seismic
surveys and the amount of
dynamite blasting, oil explo-
ration and drilling has left the
waterholes and ravines polluted
to the extent that in the dry
season there is no drinking
water for animals.
7. The arrest of a poacher
with 18 scarlet ibis carcasses is
good but not the answer. The
poachers must be stopped
before the act is committed in
order to preserve wildlife.
How many game wardens
and honorary game wardens are
there in T&T?
Were they in the past, before
the moratorium, performing
their duties? Are the honorary
game wardens receiving their
Did the authorities do a
proper and scientific survey of
the wildlife population?
These are some of the ques-
tions that need to be answered
to the public---truthfully.
8. The minister said there
would be the importation of
wild meat to satisfy the
Trinidadian palate for Christ-
mas. In a closed hunting season
there should be no sale of wild
meat. If there is, then illegal
hunting will flourish.
9. The authorities have
embarked on media-covered
activities to prove to the people
of T&T that what they are
doing is right. What they need
to do is have truthful, factual
and unbiased information
passed on to an uninformed
public so they in turn would
make educated remarks.
PUBLIC IS VERY MISINFORMED
ABOUT HUNTING MORATORIUM
Women must fight
Women must fight. It is their right.
That is why I salute the women who
sat in the compound of the Prime Minis-
ter's office last Thursday. I find it repre-
hensible that some in our society regard
such assertion and resistance by our
women as "misbehaviour."
Although I have not read the whole of
the Armstrong Report, because it is a
263- page document, I have perused the
list of recommendations.
It is saying that the Government is
acting, in some instances, illegally and
flouting regulations. It also failed to do a
number of studies to prove that the
Debe to Mon Desir Highway is viable. It
says that this highway is likely to be so
destructive that these studies should be
But the government is bent on going
ahead, dismissing the Armstrong Re-
port and the 19 scientists. I see they are
continuing with their illegalities against
the advice of the Armstrong Report.
They have started bulldozing work in
Mon Desir, knocking down trees on pri-
vate property and not bothering to eval-
uate the worth of the timber being
destroyed. How can they justly compen-
sate the owner of this property?
And how can they in good conscience
go ahead with work after being advised
by the report that the impacts on the
hydrology of the area, the social fabric
of the area, the costs to the economy of
the area and the national treasury have
not been fully evaluated, and are likely
to be untenable?
So who is misbehaving? The women
or the government?
These women are fighting for their
lands, their living spaces, which entire
communities have been building and de-
veloping for over a century.
They are also fighting for trans-
parency, accountability and viability. And
they are fighting against misbehaviour
in public office.
Football against New
As far as I can recall, T&T has never
played a football match against New
Zealand. But not if one is to believe the
ticker on a popular local TV station. Ac-
cording to the caption, it seems that we
have played them so many times that
coach Hart is "weary of New Zealand."
Of course, since we are in a rebuilding
phase, Hart is obviously wary of facing a
strong New Zealand side.
on siren use
Mr Gary Griffith, congratulations on
your post as National Security Minister.
Minister Griffith, there is another
crime that is being perpetuated on the
citizens of this country. That is the un-
necessary sirens and noise from secu-
Starting just after 6 am every week-
day, a large Prisons truck roars down
the Western Main Road in the vicinity of
Glencoe heading west.
This truck, obviously driven by a lu-
natic, has a Jeep front and back of it,
blaring sirens and other loud noises.
Before 7.30 am this convoy heads
back going east. This time, the noise, Mr
Griffit is deafening.
At 7.45 am every day , a police bus
with a marked SUV in front and behind
it, roars west down the Western Main
Road , sirens and other loud noises blar-
ing, pushing everything on the road out
of its way.
This group is heading to staff the
Carenage Police Station. Just after 4 pm
this group does its return trip of horrors
and excessive noise.
Then there are the single police cars
and ambulances up and down with
sirens two o'clock in the morning. I can
see the road ahead of them from my
house, not a vehicle on the road. But the
noise, Mr Griffith, The Noise.
A totally unnecessary assault on
everybody's nerves. I am sure this is re-
peated all over the country.
Mr Minister, please issue some guide-
lines for the excessive use of sirens and
aggressive driving by those under your
It may take you some time to solve
the crime problem, but here is an area in
which you can make your presence felt
and appreciated early o'clock.
It's Your Write
Remove the posters
Yesterday, under cover of night, dozens of bright red
and yellow posters of a new political candidate were
glued to every available wall and pole on Lady Chancel-
lor Road. This two-mile stretch is privately maintained
for the public's benefit.
We work constantly to protect it from the ongoing
blights of dumping, littering, forest fires and degrada-
tion, the result being one of the very few green places
around the city that has not been detrimentally af-
fected by the ugliness of commercial signage. But it is
an ongoing battle against insensitivity and disrespect
for the environment.
We will remove the posters. We've started already.
But we will have to do it fast before opposing "tribes"
feel obligated to post equally garish ones alongside or
over these existing ones.
This is just one example of irresponsible "official" lit-
tering that exists alongside the hideous billboards and
flashing screens that now characterise our public
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