(TRINIDAD GUARDIAN) Two Chinese nationals and a Trinidad and Tobago national are scheduled to appear before a Port-of-Spain magistrate tomorrow charged with possession of a dead juvenile Scarlet Ibis.
The men, however, will not face the recently increased fines implemented to protect the national bird, as those changes have not been Gazetted as yet.
The three men were held with the protected bird in El Socorro, San Juan, by Game Warden Richard Ramlogan earlier today.
They will appear at the Port-of-Spain 3rd Magistrate’s Court tomorrow charged for possession of the national bird.
The Scarlet Ibis has been designated an Environmentally Sensitive Species (ESS). That designation offers additional protection with punitive measures, specifically in accordance with section 70 (2) of the Environmental Management Act, Chapter 35:05, which states ‘any person who knowingly or recklessly endangers or adversely impacts the species will be liable to a fine of $100,000 and imprisonment for two years.