APAMO Issues statement on Jaguar Killings

PRESS RELEASE –

 

APAMO Issues statement on Jaguar Killings/ Slaughter

 

JANUARY 15, 2018- Belmopan:- The Association of Protected Areas Management Organizations (APAMO), is appalled and saddened of the recent slaughtering of the two juvenile jaguars- one of which was found decapitated in the Belize River.

Jaguars are of high importance to the Belizean wildlife, ecosystem and tourism industry. Not only have jaguars contributed to Belize’s broad range of biodiversity, but the specie is a highly recognized and sought after attraction. The worth of these big cats has intensified throughout the years due to threats posed by humans, specifically hunting.

APAMO would like to reiterate that it is illegal to hunt, kill or sell jaguars and implores the public to report such offenses to the Forest Department. The current penalties for crimes mentioned are a fine of ten thousand dollars ($10,000.00) or 12 months in prison. The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment, Sustainable Development and Immigration is seeking to raise those penalties and APAMO strongly supports such decision.

APAMO condemns this irresponsible behavior and encourages those that may have any information that can lead to the arrest of the person(s) responsible for the slaughter of the juvenile jaguars to come forward and report it to the relevant authorities.

 

Note that a reward of ten thousand dollars ($10,000.00) is being offered for any information.

 

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Contact:

Association of Protected Areas Management Organizations

Tel.: (501) 670-6327

E-mail: info@apamobelize.org

The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment, Sustainable Development, and Immigration offers a reward of ten thousand dollars for information leading to the arrest and conviction of persons involved in the two recent jaguar killings.

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