The Paynesville Magisterial Court yard on Monday March 20, 2017 was the scene of auctioning confiscated bush meat from Lofa County by the Forestry Development Authority (FDA).
In keeping with the law, individuals who took to the commercialization of bush meat, which is forbidden under the Law, are arrested fined and the bush meat confiscated and publically auctioned thus serving as deterrent. Fund generated is paid to government revenue.
This is not the first time confiscated bush meat has been auctioned. During the Ebola outbreak, huge quantity of bush meat intended for commercial purposes was arrested at Clay Check Point, brought down to Monrovia and burned at the FDA Head Offices. Another consignment of bush meat was again arrested by Regional Forester of Region I same auctioned.
In very brief remarks to the FDA authority who reported the case to the Panyesville Magisterial Court, the Judge without any hesitation gave authorization for the public auction of the bush meat.
Judge James B. Cooper of the Panyesville Magisterial Court warned that proceeds generated be deposited in government revenue with receipt issued by the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA).
He concluded by saying, “the FDA needs to reinforce her education and awareness campaign to stop commercial bush meat business in the country”.