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NEPA flays ‘unprecedented’ increase in unique animals locally

The National Surroundings and Setting up Company (NEPA) suggests it is anxious about what it describes as an “unparalleled increase” in exotic animals currently being held by individuals regionally, this just after the operation of a cell zoo with exotic species was on screen to the general community.

“Evidence of the zoo’s procedure is currently being circulated on social media,” stated NEPA in a launch on Friday.

Social media was abuzz past 7 days following the circulation of a online video demonstrating an Argentine black and white tegu, and numerous people questioned how the lizard received into Jamaica.

The operator of the tegu, who discovered himself as Oryane from Jap Exotic Animals, mentioned a single of his workforce made a walk with the pet that garnered general public notice.

The gentleman said the pet was not “an intense reptile”, and is “not an escapee”.

He also admitted to proudly owning the cellular pet zoo, “where I have a lot of exotic animals, parrots and things like that”.

NEPA reported on Friday that it is probing the instances surrounding the cell zoo’s functions, as it suspects that the animals might have been imported illegally, or lawfully as a result of the pet trade.


The company reported the primary species on display screen are the Argentine black and white tegu (Salvator merianae), and Bearded dragon (Pogona sp), which are equally species of lizards.

Also on exhibit was the Texas brown tarantula (Aphonopelma hentzi), a typical species of tarantula living in southern United States.

“These species are not indigenous species protected underneath the Wild Daily life Defense Act – 1945, but are species either imported lawfully into the region by means of the pet trade, or brought in illegally across the country’s borders,” NEPA declared.

“The public is hereby reminded that permits are demanded to import animals into the island, as these may perhaps pose serious dangers of introduction of ailments, as nicely as serious invasive opportunity that impacts the natural ecosystem,” the agency additional.

NEPA cautioned that people who intend to work a zoo need to implement for and get the requisite permit(s).

The company stated it will be consulting with the Veterinary Products and services Division of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Mining, the Jamaica Customs Agency, and the other crucial organizations with mandates regulating the introduction of non-native (exotic) species, to guarantee that proper steps are in position to reduce the unlawful importation of these species.

In the meantime, NEPA is also involved about the publication of information throughout social media platforms selling the hunting and trade of guarded species these kinds of as the Jamaican boa (Chilabothrus subflavus), Yellow-billed parrot (Amazona collaria), and Black-billed parrot (Amazona agilis).

“The importation and/or trade of these non-indigenous species without the need of requisite permits are unlawful under the Endangered Species (Safety, Conservation and Regulation of Trade) Act – 2000,” NEPA suggested.

An offence under the Act can attract a high-quality of not more than two million bucks and/or up to two yrs in jail.

Individuals located in possession of the complete or section of a guarded animal with out an exemption certification can be prosecuted under the Wild Existence Safety Act, NEPA informed.

It additional that, “If 1 is uncovered guilty, they turn into liable to a good not exceeding 100,000 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 12 months.”

NEPA reminded the community to instantly call the agency at Tel #: 1-888-991-5005, or 876-754-7540 if individuals are observed in possession of secured and exotic species of animals.