NEPA warns against purchasing protected species
Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 12:18
City Parrots in Amazona agilis - Black-billed Parrot, Amazona collaria - Yellow-billed Parrot, Aratinga nana - Olive-throated Parakeet, Conservation, Wild bird trade

Black billed parrotKINGSTON, Jamaica – 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 Parrot, the Black-billed Parrot, the Crested Quail Dove, the Jamaican Parakeet, the American Crocodile and the Jamaican Boa (Yellow Snake).

The public is being reminded that it is an offence under the Wild Life Protection Act if they are found with any protected animals or birds in their possession or are found hunting, killing, capturing or wilfully molesting any protected animals or birds.

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

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