Today’s Editorial for May 9: Talk should be about Blues

We’ve got the blues

This is not the way to a bright future:

Destroying our Island’s nature!

We’re singing the blues

‘Cause we heard the sad news.

They’re killing our native blues,

And the police are looking for clues

We’re on the wrong path,

And we have so much wrath

For the murder of our blues.

Our beauty we don’t want to lose.

No security can keep them from harm,

And there is no good luck charm.

We have to protect our endangered blues,

Or our future will be all bad news.

So we’re singing the blues.

‘Cause we heard the sad news.

The above poem was written by Elianna Anglin, John Bodden, Chambria Dalhouse, Ruth Harris, Kozhaya Kozaily and David Smith – all Year 3 students at George Town Primary.

We chose to start today’s editorial off with their poem to make a point.

While there have been some lamentations about the deaths of the Blue Iguanas at the Botanic Park over the weekend, we’re not hearing a great outcry from many native Caymanians.

Listening to the radio talk shows and observing the Letters to the Editor we have received at the Caymanian Compass, discussion and opinion about a gay man being detained for kissing another man at a Seven Mile Beach bar has far outweighed expressions of anger and disgust at the brutal slayings of our Blues.

We’ve lost once healthy members of an endangered species, two of which were pregnant with eggs, that when hatched, would have added to our Blue Iguana population.

Fred Burton, staff of the Blue Iguana Recovery Program, the National Trust and countless volunteers have worked hard for years to help the Blue Iguana rebound from near extinction.

The cowards who stomped on, bludgeoned and dismembered the Blues last weekend should be caught and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

Some of our letter writers have even suggested that they receive the same treatment that was meted out on the Blues.

Some writers from overseas have expressed surprise that we didn’t have security at the park to protect the animals.

Frankly, we never thought we would need it. This is the Cayman Islands – a safe, peaceful place.

Or so we thought.

One has to wonder: If this person or these people would do this to helpless animals, what are they capable of doing to humans who run afoul of them?

If anyone knows anything about these horrible deaths and who was involved, we implore them to get in touch with the police, the park or the National Trust.

Crimestoppers is taking anonymous tips at 800 TIPS / 800 8477 and a reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest(s) and conviction(s).

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