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- Apr 1, 2014
Public Ministry arrests three people for the deaths of hundreds of migratory birds in Montecristi.MONTECRISTI (Dominican Republic) .- The Regional Attorney for the Environment and the Defense of Natural Resources in this town brought to justice three people accused of killing hundreds of ducks and other migratory birds in the Los Conucos community.
Through the arrest warrant 611-1 2020, issued by the Judicial Office of Permanent Attention Services of the Investigative Court of the Judicial District of Montecristi, the regional attorney for the Environment, Sonia Espejo, obtained the arrest of Salim William C. Nicolas, Pedro Andrés Almonte and José María Duquela (a) Muela.
The detainees are in the preventive prison of the National Police of Montecristi, to be presented before the Investigating Court that will hear the request for coercion measures.
The defendants are accused of hunting hundreds of birds, including wild ducks, from Florida, United States, and then displaying these animals on social networks, as a sign of pride, in violation of the General Law on the Environment (64 -00), Biodiversity Company Law (333-15), Protected Areas Law (202-4) and various resolutions of the Ministry of the Environment that prohibit the hunting of these animals that fly into the country seasonally.
The presentation of the accusation details that the men had uploaded videos to social networks, displaying the dead ducks. In addition, the Public Ministry initiated an investigation that allowed it to identify the scene of the events, obtain witness statements, locate those responsible, and finally capture them in coordination with the National Environmental Protection Service (SENPA).
Magistrate Espejo expressed that this fact cannot go unpunished, given the magnitude of the damage to biodiversity and nature caused by these people, by indiscriminately killing these birds, which move from Florida to the Dominican Republic and take refuge in the mangroves and other trees of the Montecristi province.
He highlighted that he has met with the main civil, governmental and police authorities of Montecristi, Dajabón and Santiago Rodríguez, with community leaders, churches, fathers and mothers clubs, with environmentalists and people who ensure the care and protection of Natural Resources, in search of raising awareness about the respect that citizens should have for the environment and natural resources and the sanctions that the violation of Law 64-00 implies.
It's about time the government started enforcing these types of laws.
Education is key.