Selling, buying endangered species illegal, says NEPA
KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) on Tuesday issued a warning to members of the public who may be seeking to purchase pets as gifts for the Christmas season, to be careful not to buy protected species.
The environment agency said these protected species include the Yellow-billed Parrot, the Black-billed Parrot and the Jamaican Boa or Yellow Snake.
"It is an offence under the Wild Life Protection Act if they are found with any protected animals or protected birds in their possession or are found hunting (killing, capturing or wilful molesting) any protected species," NEPA said in a release.
If found guilty the accused faces a maximum fine of $100,000 or one year imprisonment.
NEPA also urged the public to report any such illegal activity at 754-7540 or 1-888-991-5005 or 119.