Enforces stern measures to deter illegal killing of protected animals
The Forestry Development Authority (FDA) took a stern measure consistent with the wildlife law of Liberia when it confiscated and destroyed 162 pieces of bush-meat last Tuesday at its Wein Town head office in Monrovia, a release has said.
The bush meat was burnt as representatives of collaborating partners in the forest sector looked on. Sector partners who watched as the meat was being destroyed are presently engaged in wildlife conservation efforts in the area.
It can be recalled that the FDA wildlife rangers working with the joint security, recently confiscated a large quantity of bush-meat from a group of bush-meat traders at a checkpoint on the Bomi/Gbarpolu highway.
Shortly after the arrest, the FDA vowed to set a precedence in line with the law prohibiting the wanton and illegal destruction of wildlife in the country.
While ordering the burning of the meat that was seized, FDA managing director C. Mike Doryen reiterated warnings on those in the illegal habit of destroying protected animals to desist as doing so will be considered a violation of the law.
Doryen said the law that protects these animals is critical to the nation and its people, since it is intended to promote conservation practices and principles which are among the cardinal pillars of forest resource management .
He further warned that under his administration, FDA will remain firm in ensuring that the law on wildlife is kept to the letter and threatened prosecution of those who will violate the law.
Last year, the FDA confiscated and burned a huge quantity of bush-meat from the same Bomi area.
Recently, rangers confiscated a pair of live parrots from a trader in Monrovia. The parrots were then transferred to the LABASSA sanctuary in Margibi County, where they are undergoing treatment and will be set free to return to the wild.
In a similar manner, two live eagles were confiscated earlier in Monrovia. They were also sent to LABBASSA Eco lodge where they were treated and released into the wild by the FDA.