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Letter: Pipistrellus Pipistrellus and Apis mellifera

Published on Thursday, July 1, 2010 Email To Friend    Print Version

Dear Sir:

Much ado has been made about the new National Conservation Law, and while I am in agreement that it is a necessary piece of legislation, alas once more bureaucracy, legal draftsmen and civil servants have transformed a great idea into a protracted document, which protects scorpions ants, bugs, centipedes while ignoring bees, and bats.

My question is am I missing something in the letter or intent of the law whereby such effort and expertise could be so misguided and negligent to leave out the important things.

As is to be expected in Cayman, the law, as is presented is replete with long Latin names describing the protected species. I feel confident that not one of the legislators, who would be proud to say that they voted yeah, can identify Encyclia Kingsi if it walked up and clapped him or her in the face.

Common sense has never been the operative word when creating our legal framework, but surely to protect our food and our farmers should be our primary focus, then we can be concerned about our local scorpions and our 34 types of snails. The fruit trees, the breadfruit tree Artocarpus altilis and other things that can sustain should take priority or at least deserve a mention above Catalpa Longissima.

In case anybody is wondering what Pipistellus Pipistrellus means, look to the common fruit bat and Apis Mellifera is the honey bee that fertilises our crops.

Victor Look Loy
 
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