Government is planning to clamp down on the importation of exotic animals and plants into the territory.
This was revealed by Immigration Minister Vincent Wheatley in the Fifth Sitting of First Session of the Fourth House of Assembly on Tuesday, July 16.
The clampdown is to be reflected in the government’s Trade In Endangered Species (Cites) Act, 2019 – a new piece of legislation that Wheatley introduced to the House that same day.
Prior to introducing the bill, Minister Wheatley said: “As persons are travelling more and more and are more prone to travel with pets and so forth, we are seeing a problem making our territory with persons wanting to bring exotic animals and plants into the territory.”
“As we are trying to revive agriculture in our eight sectors, it’s very important that we understand the implications of this activity,” he further explained.
The legislator had announced in the House of Assembly in June that government will be spending $6.4 million on an immigration management system to improve the border security in the British Virgin Islands.
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