Cruisers Forum
 


Join CruisersForum Today

Closed Thread
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 06-02-2009, 19:35   #1
Registered User
 
Christian Van H's Avatar

Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Princeton, NJ
Boat: Challenger Anacapa 42
Posts: 2,097
Images: 57
Morons in Exuma...

Two American tourists have been arrested after photographs of people cooking and eating endangered iguanas in the Exuma Cays were posted on a social networking website.

Friends of those responsible for posting the pictures on Facebook circulated the photographs in an e-mail that worked its way to executive director of the Bahamas National Trust (BNT) Eric Carey on MOnday afternoon.

Horrified by the gruesome images of the critically endangered species being butchered, grilled and devoured, and a dinghy filled with undersized juvenille conch which were then cut up and eaten, Mr Carey alerted staff at the BNT Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park.

The park warden and administrator worked with police in George Town and Black Point, Exuma, to track down the suspects.

Two people were arrested at around midday yesterday in the vicinity of Black Point or Staniel Cay in connection with the offence which breaks Fisheries Regulations and the Wild Animal Protection Act, prohibiting the possession of dead or live iguanas.

Iguanas are also protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) and as the suspects in custody are understood to be US citizens, Mr Carey said they could also be charged under US law which makes it illegal to commit an offence in a country that has a relationship with the US.

Two others also feature in the photographs showing a group of people taunting, cooking and eating iguanas, and taking juvenille conch.

Police investigations continue.

Mr Carey said: "We have had people poaching iguanas for the pet trade but I have never seen this sort of barbaric butchery for consumption by visitors.

"This is personally and professionally very disturbing to me. It's absolutely disgusting.

"It's totally disrespectful of our laws and of the laws of nature.

"To see guys gloating with such disrespect and putting the pictures on such a public profile as Facebook clearly shows they have no fear of prosecution and we need to prove them wrong.

"We take the responsibility to enforce wildlife law very seriously."

The West Indian iguanas are some of the most endangered lizards in the world and include the three species and seven sub-species native to the Bahamas.

Iguanas are threatened by development wrecking their habitats and foreign animals that eat small iguanas or iguana eggs.

Mr Carey said: "We have the greatest diversity of iguanas - some only exist on small isolated islands, and certainly they cannot take any sort of pressure from humans or they won't survive.

"They are really a very important part of our unique biodiversity and they are also an important tourist attraction."
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	image023.jpg
Views:	375
Size:	29.5 KB
ID:	7010  
__________________

__________________
www.anacapas.com

Here's to swimmin' with bowlegged women!
Christian Van H is offline  
Old 06-02-2009, 20:06   #2
Moderator Emeritus
 
Pblais's Avatar

Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Hayes, VA
Boat: Gozzard 36
Posts: 8,700
Images: 15
Send a message via Skype™ to Pblais
It's pretty sad when someone pushes the envelope on stupidity. I'm not sure we needed the pictures.
__________________

__________________
Paul Blais
s/v Bright Eyes Gozzard 36
37 15.7 N 76 28.9 W
Pblais is offline  
Old 06-02-2009, 20:13   #3
Registered User
 
Christian Van H's Avatar

Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Princeton, NJ
Boat: Challenger Anacapa 42
Posts: 2,097
Images: 57
I'm sorry Paul. Its too late for me to remove them...why dont you remove the second post? The one pic is more than enough...
__________________
www.anacapas.com

Here's to swimmin' with bowlegged women!
Christian Van H is offline  
Old 06-02-2009, 20:39   #4
Moderator Emeritus
 
Pblais's Avatar

Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Hayes, VA
Boat: Gozzard 36
Posts: 8,700
Images: 15
Send a message via Skype™ to Pblais
Quote:
why dont you remove the second post?
Easy enough. It is a big deal in the Bahama's. They really have taken a strict stand on protection where other islands have not.
__________________
Paul Blais
s/v Bright Eyes Gozzard 36
37 15.7 N 76 28.9 W
Pblais is offline  
Old 06-02-2009, 22:20   #5
Registered User
 
BadFish's Avatar

Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Boat: 1989 Carver Santego 3067 - BADFISH
Posts: 220
Images: 13
Send a message via AIM to BadFish
What idiots...

Hope they don't screw it up for the rest of us.

Cheers

Bill
__________________
Q: "How do you stay fit?"
A: "Passing the vodka bottle and playing guitar." - Keith Richards
BadFish is offline  
Old 07-02-2009, 01:22   #6
Registered User
 
Celestialsailor's Avatar

Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: In Mexico, working on the boat
Boat: Hallberg Rassy 35. and 14ft.Whitehall pulling skiff.
Posts: 8,013
Images: 5
I wonder if they will make the Darwin awards for 2009!
__________________
"Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming: Wow - what a ride!"

http://wwwjolielle.blogspot.com/
Celestialsailor is offline  
Old 07-02-2009, 03:27   #7
Moderator Emeritus
 
GordMay's Avatar

Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Thunder Bay, Ontario - 48-29N x 89-20W
Boat: (Cruiser Living On Dirt)
Posts: 31,573
Images: 240
Long-term trends in the demography of the Allen Cays Rock Iguana
http://www.earlham.edu/biology/docum...onserv2006.pdf
__________________
Gord May
"If you didn't have the time or money to do it right in the first place, when will you get the time/$ to fix it?"



GordMay is offline  
Old 07-02-2009, 05:46   #8
Senior Cruiser
 
S/V Antares's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Annapolis, Bahamas
Boat: 1983 Gulfstar 36
Posts: 1,249
Images: 1
Visits in Jail - U.S. Embassy Nassau, Bahamas

We will see who eats whom in the 200 year old prison they will likely spend some time in . A left over relic from pirate days. Chains on the walll etc. Ho Ho Ho and a bottle of .... Lysol?
__________________
Will & Muffin
Lucy the dog

"Yes, well.. perhaps some more wine" (Julia Child)
S/V Antares is offline  
Old 07-02-2009, 06:17   #9
Senior Cruiser
 
Vasco's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Toronto
Boat: CS36Merlin, "La Belle Aurore" Ben393 "Breathless"
Posts: 7,130
Just terrible. Christian, do you have the name of the boat they were on?
__________________
Rick I
Toronto in summer, Bahamas in winter.
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/beneteau393/
Vasco is offline  
Old 07-02-2009, 06:34   #10
CF Adviser
 
Intentional Drifter's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Pac NW
Boat: Boatless, for now, Cat enthusiast
Posts: 1,283
Sounds like the Bahamians are very serious about this one, and well they should be. While they're at it, though, I suggest that they also reconsider some of the those golf courses that are taking precious habitat from many of their same endangered species.

As for the iguana-eating tourists, I hope their experience in jail is widely broadcast.

ID
__________________
Intentional Drifter

Observations are gold; hypotheses, silver; and conclusions, bronze.

Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote.--Ben Franklin

Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but not their own facts.--Daniel Patrick Moynihan
Intentional Drifter is offline  
Old 07-02-2009, 06:44   #11
Moderator Emeritus
 
GordMay's Avatar

Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Thunder Bay, Ontario - 48-29N x 89-20W
Boat: (Cruiser Living On Dirt)
Posts: 31,573
Images: 240
Iíve visited Her Majestyís Prison @ Fox Hill (voluntarily), and can confirm that itís a very unpleasant place.
__________________
Gord May
"If you didn't have the time or money to do it right in the first place, when will you get the time/$ to fix it?"



GordMay is offline  
Old 07-02-2009, 07:32   #12
Registered User
 
Christian Van H's Avatar

Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Princeton, NJ
Boat: Challenger Anacapa 42
Posts: 2,097
Images: 57
Quote:
Originally Posted by Vasco View Post
Just terrible. Christian, do you have the name of the boat they were on?
Neg, Vasco. I'll post if I dig it up.
__________________
www.anacapas.com

Here's to swimmin' with bowlegged women!
Christian Van H is offline  
Old 07-02-2009, 07:34   #13
Registered User

Join Date: Feb 2009
Posts: 7
Post

Two of them were released from jail in Georgetown yesterday (Thursday) for $500.00 bail- each. Their trial is next Tuesday (2/10) in Georgetown. Let's hope they do not flee. Both are on Facebook if you would like to send them a message. Please do, and let them know how you feel about their activities. It is important that everyone passes this information on and posts it on their blogs, websites, message boards etc.

They were caught off of Black Point late Tuesday.

And, GordMay is right- Fox Hill is NOT a place that you want to be- even as a visitor. All Georgetown cruisers that care about the Bahamas and the environment should attend the trial on Tuesday. The more people that show up the better!

Vanessa Palm Star
http://www.facebook.com/s.php?q=vanessa+starr+palm&init=q&sid=... Read Morehttp://www.facebook.com/s.php?q=vanessa+starr+palm&init=q&sid=1e374bf201b3e5 9580b96b27eb995815#/friends/?id=562063338

Alex Rust
Search Names | Facebook
__________________
ExuMAD is offline  
Old 07-02-2009, 07:36   #14
Senior Cruiser
 
nautical62's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Live Iowa - Sail mostly Bahamas
Boat: Beneteau 32.5
Posts: 2,264
Images: 12
Such actions are very sad. Not only do these visitors have no respect for the natural fauna and local laws, but such actions can have negative effects on all visitors. I'm glad to hear they were caught.
__________________
nautical62 is offline  
Old 07-02-2009, 07:46   #15
Registered User
 
Christian Van H's Avatar

Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Princeton, NJ
Boat: Challenger Anacapa 42
Posts: 2,097
Images: 57
ExuMad...would you know what boat they were on?
__________________

__________________
www.anacapas.com

Here's to swimmin' with bowlegged women!
Christian Van H is offline  
Closed Thread

Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Exuma charter options? dcreno Other 8 10-03-2009 18:37
The Exuma Guide or Yachtsman's Guide rleslie Navigation 5 05-09-2007 18:02
Exuma bound we are...Anybody else going that way? CSY Man Atlantic & the Caribbean 0 12-05-2007 22:06
Bridge at Georgetown, Exuma tomj Atlantic & the Caribbean 0 07-10-2006 19:43
Exuma Bound CSY Man Sailor Logs & Cruising Plans 26 24-07-2006 03:31



Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 09:16.


Google+
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.