Don't eat crocodiles, NEPA cautions

Thursday, September 19, 2013

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KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) is advising people to desist from capturing and eat crocodiles as this is an illegal act and could lead to fines and jail time.
NEPA Environmental Officer, Monique Curtis cautioned that it is illegal to interfere with or be in possession of any part of the animal, which is an endangered species and is protected under Jamaica’s Wildlife Protection Act. 
The penalty for capturing the animal, harming them or having any part of the creature in one’s possession, living or dead is $100,000 and/or a prison term of up to two years. 
Curtis noted that crocodiles serve a useful purpose by helping to clean Jamaica’s marine system and provide benefit for the ecosystem.
“They serve a purpose in our marine ecosystems. Being scavengers, they help with the health of our marine systems, which impacts the fish that we like to eat in Jamaica,” she said.

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