It is our sincere hope that whoever went to the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park to maim and kill Blue Iguanas is caught and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
We were all appalled in the summer of 2006 when wild, feral dogs found their way to the park and killed two of the blues.
As unfortunate as it was, that was at least an act of nature.
Dogs are natural predators of iguanas, regardless of the species.
We, as humans, are not.
We are supposed to protect them, not injure and kill them.
Cayman’s Blue Iguanas are still on the endangered species list, although great strides have been made to preserve them at the Blue Iguana Recovery Program facility in the park.
The dead and injured iguanas represents one-third of the adult breeding iguanas that we know of on Grand Cayman.
This is the only place in the world where theses animals are found.
Whoever did this has not only robbed those poor animals of their lives, but they have also robbed us and future generations of Cayman history.
There are so many of us – individuals and companies alike – that work hard to make sure the Blue Iguana not only lives, but thrives.
Countless people spend many valuable hours volunteering to help with the Blue Iguana Program.
All of the animals have names that either reflect their personalities or the businesses that sponsor them.
What the humans did to these animals was beyond wrong. It was despicable.
Who, in their right mind, would violently stomp on or bludgeon any animal?
The scary thing is that this incident proves there are some sick individuals in our society and makes one wonder if these people would harm innocent animal, what is their potential for harming humans?
Unfortunately there are no security guards at the Botanic Park.
Who would have thought we would ever need one?
Maybe a security guard is the answer, but that would probably mean an increase in park entrance fees or at least a drain on the resources of the Blue Iguana Recovery Program.
The Botanic Park is one of the few places a family can still afford to go to experience a true Caymanian attraction.
Again, we hope the offenders are caught and dealt with – and harshly.
To abuse, maim and kill any creature is wrong.
We should all have a special place in our hearts for our Blues.