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Police to crack down on firecrackers

Region Three Commander Errol Watts

…amid concerns for animals by Veterinary Board

The Guyana Police Force will be clamping down on the sale of firecrackers and other explosives during the holiday season, in order to safeguard animals and keep people safe.

Divisional Commander of Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara), Senior Superintendent Errol Watts gave this reassurance on Monday, after the Guyana Veterinary Board highlighted its concerns during a panel discussion on the impact of pyrotechnics on animals.

Other involved stakeholders included the Guyana Wildlife Conservation and Management Commission (GWCMC), the Bar Association of Guyana, the Guyana Livestock Development Authority (GLDA), and the Guyana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (GSPCA). “The Guyana Police Force will ensure that we robustly enforce all laws with respect to the use of squibs and firecrackers around this time, so that our animals and people can be safer throughout this holiday period and beyond.

Guyana Veterinary Board Chairman, Dr Nardeo Bassoodeo

Rest assured, I’m going to brief my Commissioner and we’re going to ensure that we circulate nationally, instructions for this effort to be intensified so as to bring peace and tranquility to our animals and safety to our people,” said the Commander.

The Guyana Defence Force (GDF) is the only agency authorised to import firecrackers and other explosives. The sale and purchase of such explosives are illegal under the Customs Act amended by Act No 1 of 2005.

Read the full article here Guyana Times


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