Much ado has been made about the
new National Conservation Law and while I am in agreement that it is a
necessary piece of legislation, alas once more bureaucracy; legal draftsmen and
civil servants have transformed a great idea into a protracted document, which
protects scorpions’ ants, bugs, centipedes while ignoring bees and bats. My
question is, am I missing something in the letter or intent of the law whereby
such effort and expertise could be so misguided and negligent to leave out the
important things? As is to be expected in Cayman, the law, as is presented is replete
with long Latin names describing the protected species. I feel confident that
not one of the legislators, who would be proud to say that they voted yeah, can
identify Encyclia Kingsi if it walked up and clapped him or her in the face.
Common sense has never been the operative word when creating our legal
framework but surely to protect our food and our farmers should be our primary
focus then we can be concerned about our local scorpions and our 34 types of
snails. The fruit trees, the breadfruit tree Artocarpus altilis and other
things that can sustain should take priority or at least deserve a mention
above Catalpa Longissima.
In case anybody is wondering what
Pipistrellus Pipistrellus means look to the common fruit bat and Apis Mellifera
is the honey bee, which fertilizes our crops.
Victor Look Loy