Responsible citizen turns in parrot to NEPA
THE National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) is heartened by the responsible action of a member of the public who last Tuesday turned in a Yellow-billed parrot after realising the bird is protected.
"NEPA wishes to applaud this action and takes the opportunity to remind the public that it is illegal to buy and/or sell Jamaican parrots locally or trade in them internationally," the environmental regulatory agency said in a release to the media.
Endemic Yellow-billed and Black-billed parrots are protected under the Wild Life Protection Act, as well as the Endangered Species (Protection, Conservation and Regulation of Trade) Act.
Anyone found in possession of a live Jamaican parrot or any parts of it can face a maximum fine of $100,000 or 12 months in prison under the Wild Life Protection Act, and can be fined up to $2,000,000 and/or sentenced to two years in prison if caught trading in or exporting them without a permit under the Endangered Species Act.
"The survival of Jamaica's parrots is threatened and, therefore, they need to be protected," NEPA said. "They are listed on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species. The populations of the two Jamaican parrots are impacted greatly by poaching and by limited nesting sites due to habitat loss. Further, parrots removed from the wild are difficult to return or often cannot be turned due to the danger of passing on diseases to the wild population."
Anyone with information related to the capture and/or sale of Jamaican parrots is urged to contact NEPA at 754-7540 or 1-888-991-5005 or the nearest police station.