Save Hunting in Trinidad & Tobago

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In early April of 2019 Senator the Hon. Clarence Rambharat announced his intention to out-rightly ban waterfowl hunting in Trinidad & Tobago without proper scientific evidence, without proper consultation with the hunting fraternity and based solely on the advice of the anti-hunting fraternity and so-called 'conservationists'.

1. Revisit the process whereby the ban on waterfowl hunting was established.
2. Consult with the bonafide hunting fraternity and in particular the main hunting associations associated with the sport (including those enacted by Acts of Parliament) before any decision is taken for both this, the waterfowl hunting and any future similar decision as it relates to hunting in this country.
3. Include the entire hunting fraternity or at least the main heads of all established hunting associations in all future decisions as it relates to hunting.

I started this petition because…
On Sunday 14th April the hunting fraternity of Trinidad and Tobago represented by many groups, associations and individuals from across the nation gathered to discuss the portentous news promulgated to us via the Minister’s of agriculture social media post that a decision had been taken to cabinet for the termination of all waterfowl hunting in the twin island republic.
Emanating from that assembly was a general sentiment of concern echoed by everyone in attendance.
Hunters were perturbed by the fact that in spite of being the largest stakeholders to be affected by the stated ban, none of us were consulted (nor was the sole individual legally chartered to represent all hunters of Trinidad and Tobago at the wild life conservation committee [WLCC]) or informed of any such action prior to the decision being taken.
Hunters were extremely alarmed that a lobby of publicly known anti-hunters were able to coerce a sitting minister into such a decision with blatant disregard for and without any consultation with the hunting fraternity.
A claim arose that the decision for such actions were taken because of the ‘Migratory Bird Treaty Act’.
Hunters queried the validity and the rationale of our sovereign nation becoming signatories to such an act when to date there is no scientific information available to ascertain the status of our waterfowl populations locally. When the migratory status of some of our waterfowl have not been determined, or where some local experts suggest that many of our species are mostly autochthonic. When no public consultation was convened to sanction such a decision. When many nations within the region are non-signatories to this treaty or where some signatories still promote and practice waterfowl hunting sport.
Hunters were extremely distressed by these issues and by the manner in which they were carried about.
The meeting terminated by a general consensus among hunters.
Hunters were committed to continued work and dialogue to promote sustainable hunting practices and conservation.
Hunters maintain that to this day that all government responses to hunting have been mostly reactive and all pleas by various hunting groups and associations for pro-active and well regulated policies to preserve sport hunting in Trinidad and Tobago continue to be ignored.
Hunters are committed to stand as a solid amalgamation in light of the barrage and onslaught by the anti-hunting lobby and their apparent success in being able to sway public officials in a manner which appears erroneous to a democracy.