Agriculture Minister Clarence Rambharat has instructed Chief Game Warden Denny Dipchand to pursue a criminal investigation against a man who was videotaped killing a green anaconda to make a cook.
Rambharat said that once the suspect is caught, the police can file charges under the Conservation of Wild Life Act.
The Ministry of Agriculture will only consider relocating a 12-foot anaconda at its livestock station in Aripo if it seen again or poses a danger to staff and livestock.
In a Facebook post issued on Thursday, Agriculture Minister Clarence Rambharat said Saiyaad Ali of the Serpentarium was invited to the station yesterday afternoon to observe the reptile.
While he said that the snake posed no immediate danger to staff and livestock at the facility presently, Rambharat said his ministry would monitor the situation as some staff members were apprehensive of its presence.
Agriculture Minister Clarence Rambharat said yesterday a decision has been made not to interfere with the 12-foot anaconda that was sighted at the Aripo Livestock Station in Aripo. Rambharat said that no livestock at the Aripo farms was under threat and added that “it is normal to have snakes in ponds at the Ministry’s facilities.”
He however, admitted though that in this case the size of the anaconda was “larger than what they usually see.”