Saturday, February 24, 2018

Wild meat scare*

SLAIN: An Armadillo (tattoo), one of the animal carcasses found among the bags of wild meat seized recently in Cedros. —Photo courtesy CLARENCE RAMBHARAT, Minister of Agriculture, Land And Fisheries

It’s the start of the open hunting season in Trinidad and Tobago, however, not all wild meat being sold and eaten locally during this time originated from our forests.
Where is the meat coming from? About 300 animal carcasses comprising over 1,800 lbs of wild meat including agouti, deer, wild hog and tattoo (armadillo), were recently seized in Cedros. This large quantity of meat was illegally shipped across from Venezuela on a pirogue.
What many may not be aware of is the dangers associated with eating illegally imported wild meat from the South American mainland. 

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