MALF Minister Warns of Serious Consequences for Sale of Illegal Livestock

March 24, 2024:-  Earlier today (Sunday 24th March, 2024) between the hours of 8:00am and 11:30am, an exercise was conducted by officers of the Praedial Larceny Squad (PLS) and the Game Wardens of the Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries. This exercise took place in the vicinity of the Tarouba Link Road, Duncan Village and Penal.

Inspector Haspoodeen and Mr. Seepersad, Game Warden II accompanied by Mr. Mohan, Assistant Conservator of Forests, were part of this exercise. Similar to the last routine exercise vendors were educated on the consequences of the illegal importation of animals and animal products.

During this morning’s exercise, several butchers were also interviewed and notable improvements of the conditions of the slaughtering areas were reported. Officers were also pleased to report that no wild meat was seen and there was a total absence of the goats that were suspected to be illegally imported.

Senator the Honourable Kazim Hosein, Minister of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries commends the hard work and dedication of the officers from the PLS and the Forestry Division as they continue to conduct unplanned visits across the length and breadth of Trinidad saying, “I want to thank the officers of the Ministry for putting country first and doing their part to ensure that citizens obey the Conservation of Wildlife Act and in so doing, discourage any illegal Wildlife trade. He further warned, “Individuals who breach the law are being warned as there are serious consequences for the sale of illegally-acquired livestock.”

Members of the public continue to be urged to report activities of illegal importation of animals and animal products as these pose a severe threat to human health and safety. Similar exercises are planned for the near future.



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