‘Otter’ horror shows up cause for better planning
Reflection on an image can lead people into soul searching and battles with their consciences. Certainly the image of a sobbing, pitiable, frightened and cornered river otter, perhaps among the final survivors of an important part of our wild life, must evoke regret among all those who claim to be loyal citizens of Trinidad and Tobago.
Thanks to Express photographer Trevor Watson for portraying in a single image the message that the Reroute Movement and Dr Kublalsingh seek to convey, that we are irreversibly destroying our natural environment.
What power has accorded our people the right to determine what species must die so that human beings can travel faster?
In civilised countries steps would have been taken to assess the potential damage to wild life in that area, and then a rescue campaign would be mounted to save threatened species, before any bulldozer could begin its deadly work. But we must note that since independence, T&T has regressed into a primal state because of very poor leadership, and a misdirected educational system that fails to shape the conscience.
There are many indicators of this.
Look at the thousands of stray dogs that infest the streets, markets, hospitals, schools and beaches. Consider the daily murders that take place openly on the streets. Even babies are not safe with their keepers. Listen to the savage howls of the hunters as a moratorium is declared. Only last week, residents killed the very rare scarlet ibises in Felicity, and heaven alone knows for how long this slaughter has been taking place.
I appeal to the Express to use this picture to rouse the consciences of the nation and so that people can recognise the many things that future generations of T&T would never see if development continues without comprehensive planning.
We would soon decimate the unique wild life that we have inherited from being close to the South American mainland. This environment must be cherished as a precious gift and preserved for future generations.
Certainly a highway can be built to Point Fortin without compromising unspoiled land. Can we not upgrade the existing passage through the Mosquito Creek which has already been compromised and at the same time protect our threatened species?