Today’s Editorial for September 30: Expats taking over

We are experiencing a real problem with the recent explosion in numbers of certain expatriates among us.

These expats are taking over the natural environment, breeding out of control, and gobbling up all the natural resources needed to support our local Caymanian population.

Have you seen these expats we’re talking about?

They’re dark green to light green in colour, generally somewhere between 18 inches and three feet long, and have black stripes on their tails.

Cayman has known for some time that invasive green iguana species have been pushing out the native blues (and rock iguanas in Little Cayman and Cayman Brac). Even the good folks at the Department of Environment have called these creatures pests.

Government should do what is right and specify in the Animals Law which species of iguanas are protected and which are not. The green iguanas have long since reached the point of overpopulation here and need to be subjected to a rollover policy, or at least its relative equivalent in the Animals Law.

This does not mean that the greenies should be treated inhumanely, and we are aware that these animals are being tortured and slaughtered all over the Islands.

Reports of people stepping on the heads of smaller green iguanas, or ramming poles down the throats of larger ones are simply disgusting and anyone seen engaging in acts of animal torture should be punished according to the law.

Surely there is some reasonable balance that can be struck on this issue working with both environment officers and agriculture officials to amend a situation that has become a real threat to the ecological systems of the Cayman Islands.

We know that our country is facing many pressing issues in these times. But this would seem to be a fairly simply change that could be enacted within a short period of time.