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Don't buy protected animal as Christmas gifts - NEPA warns

Published:Friday | December 15, 2017 | 11:59 AM
Yellow-billed parrot. - Contributed

The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) is warning people who may be seeking to purchase pets as gifts for the Christmas season, to be careful not to buy protected species.

Protected animals include the Yellow-billed and Black-billed Parrots, the Crested Quail Dove, the Jamaican Parakeet, the American Crocodile, the Jamaican Slider Turtle and the Jamaican Boa or Yellow Snake.

NEPA is reminding the public that it is an offence under the Wild Life Protection Act to have in one’s possession any protected animal or to hunt, kill, capture or willfully molest any of these animals.

Individuals found guilty of the offence may be charged a maximum fine of $100,000 or face one year imprisonment.

NEPA urges members of the public to report any such illegal activities at 754-7540 or 1-888-991-5005.

Persons may also call 119 or make a report to the nearest police station.