Monday, May 05, 2008

Six Blue Iguanas Murdered

I am taking a break here from my usual lighthearted take on life with my reptiles and assorted other creatures, so be warned.

The title of this blog entry is not a joke. It is the heinous reality discovered by a volunteer to came to work at Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park (QEII) early Sunday morning, May 4, 2008.

Those of you who know me personally, or who are familiar with my writings and points of view on the environment, animal welfare, and the necessity to protect and conserve endangered species can well imagine what I have to say about what happened this past weekend, and what I and many others would like to see happen to the despicable individuals who killed these animals for no other reason than to kill.

The loss of these animals is a loss to their endangered species, to the staff and volunteers and researchers who have lived with, cared for, and learned from them, and to the good people of the Cayman Islands and their supporters who are working so hard to regain lost ground and nearly lost species.

To read more about this, please visit the Blue Iguana Recovery Programme site (and make a donation, if you can), and the following news articles:

Six Blue Iguanas Murdered at Botanic Park

Police Hunt for Iguana Murderers

Now, excuse me while I go hug a lizard.

Added May 6:
Six critically endangered blue iguanas butchered in Cayman Islands breeding facility

Editorial in Cayman Compass

Cayman police probe killings of blue iguanas

Added May 7:
Probe into Giant Iguana Slaughter

Another Iguana Found Injured

Update May 14: Another of the attacked iguanas has died, bringing the number to seven, and two others injured in the attack remain in serious condition. More articles can be found through Google News

Special Online Chat: John Binns of the International Reptile Conservation Foundation and Fred Burton, founder of the Blue Iguana Recovery Programme, will be part of a special chat on Saturday May 17, 2008 at 7 pm Eastern TIme (4 PM Pacific Time) to discuss the recent tragedy at the QE II Botonatical Gardens, the latest developments in the investigation, and how you can help BIRP recover from this tragedy and support conservation.

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