While interest has been shown by conservation groups from the UK, the Ministry of Environment reported that the trail appeared to have again gone cold in the search for a new home for the endangered primate.
“Perhaps the climax of this confusion and mistrust will see the ministries reach agreement among themselves, and will allow Maldivians to enjoy animals that are not endangered and are not ‘dangerous’ to the Maldives’ environment and its human inhabitants,” writes Mariyam Raina.
Disagreements continue to surround the destruction of over 120 pets deemed to have been illegally imported into the country. The animals – including an owl – were destroyed after being confiscated by police last weekend.
While the MNDF have admitted putting down the animals confiscated by police last weekend, they allege that the procedures were taken upon the police’s request. The claim has been denied by police, who have subsequently pointed the finger at the customs department.
“We are determined and actively working towards increasing our share of renewable in the electricity production of populated islands by 30% within next 5 years,” said Minister of Environment and Energy Thoriq Ibrahim.
With little fertile land and an over-reliance on imports of staple food, Mohamed Shafeegu of Seagull Maldives argues that the water-based system of agriculture could be the answer to sustainable agriculture in the country.
“We have heard from the police that some people are releasing those things into the wild, and that is a big concern to us,” Director General of the EPA Ibrahim Naeem told Minivan News.
The Jakarta Animal Aid Network has proposed to take the illegally trafficked animal, while hundreds have signed a petition to save the animal’s life. Officials from the government have maintained that the “Maldives cannot bear any expense of transporting it”.
“This decision does not affect the wild population or the conservation potential of the species,” Assistant Director for the Environment Department Ilham Atho Mohamed has said. “We have already explored all options and have come to a decision from the Ministry’s side.”