The Wildlife Division of the Forestry Development Authority (FDA) and the officers representing the Liberian National Police have arrested a man identified as Samuel Gaye and subsequently confiscated a pair of live parrots intended for trading.
The incident occurred last week at UN Drive and Randall Street intersection in Monrovia where the culprit had gone to trade the animals which fall in the category of protected species according to the law prohibiting the illegal killing and selling of endangered species in the country.
The culprit Gaye was escorted at the Headquarters of the Forestry Development Authority (FDA) located in Barnard’s Farm, Paynesville, Monrovia, where he confessed as being a frontier for a man he only referred to as “parrot man.” He narrated during an interrogation, “This man always brings these live creatures to me for selling and I will inflate the price just to survive.” He frankly noted during the investigation that he has to cooperate with the police simply because the business is illegal as far as his own conscience was concerned. FDA Deputy Managing Director for Administration and Finance Hon. Benjamin Tennessee Plawon, thanked the police for their cooperation with the FDA in curtailing the act of wildlife destruction in the country. He reiterated that the law preventing the killing of wildlife will be upheld to the letter. According to him move such remains key on the agenda of the FDA in line with its dream of promoting and protecting wildlife or endangered species consistent with the 2006 forestry reform law. He noted that the destruction of endangered species was inhumane and degrading and vowed that FDA will reinforce the protection of these animals within the ambit of the law.
Wildlife staff led by their Manager Edward Gbeintor took the birds to the LABASSA Ecolodge sanctuary in Marshall where they will be treated and later released to take their exit back home in the wood upon gaining health and strength.