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NEPA warns public against killing and eating crocodiles

Published:Thursday | September 19, 2013 | 9:54 AM

The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) is repeating calls for Jamaicans, who capture crocodiles for consumption, to desist from this illegal practice or face prosecution.

NEPA's Environmental Officer, Monique Curtis, said 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 warning comes are there reports of increase consumption of crocodile meat.

Miss Curtis, who was speaking at a JIS Think Tank, said the penalty for capturing the animals, harming them or having any part of the creature in one’s possession, living or dead is 100 thousand dollars and/or a prison term of up to two years.

Miss Curtis is urging persons to stay away from the animals, noting that they serve a useful purpose by helping to clean Jamaica’s marine system and are also beneficial to the ecosystem.

She encouraged persons to call NEPA if they have information about the animal being consumed or persons having them as pets.

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