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Illegal crocodile meat still high on some Clarendon menus

Published:Tuesday | September 23, 2014 | 9:19 PM

Despite several public education campaigns, stern warnings and stiff penalties for the consumption of crocodile meat, the delicacy is still finding its way on menus in Clarendon.



Just last week a relatively large crocodile was found dead on the side of the Salt River main road in Clarendon with its tail severed.



Scientific Officer for the Caribbean Coastal Area Management, Brandon Haye, says if this trend continues, very soon the Jamaican Crocodiles will be extinct, as the reptile is already endangered.



In addition Haye says there seems to be a black market for the meat so persons continue to hunt and kill the crocodiles.



Even though consumption of the animal is illegal and persons could face fines of up to $100,000, he says its difficult to make a case because of what he calls the "wall of silence" that exists.



It is illegal to be in possession of a part or whole of the animal.



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