FOR YOUR INFORMATION AND GUIDANCE:
As of August 9th 2014 the leadership of the CHS has decided to recommend the following in a tri-partite effort to both increase government revenues, work more collaboratively with the relevant authorities (Ministry of the Environment and Veterinary Services of the Ministry of Agriculture), and increase foreign exchange earned by the State of Barbados in these trying economic times.....we therefore propose the following:
#1 - That Veterinary Export Health Certificates be increased from the current BDS$35.00 to BDS$50.00
#2 - That the current unsustainable governmental free issuance of CITES Import/Export permits - be ended, and a charge of BDS$50.00 be implemented immediately for each CITES permit issued.
#3 - That law abiding persons desirous of importing reptiles and amphibians as personal pets and/or temporary (1 day) educational display (not for re-sale to the public), or for captive-breeding solely for re-export (to earn foreign exchange), pay the applicable fee below:
(a) A one-time 'permit to possess' for a fee of BDS$100 per imported non-native species which the owner intends to keep as his/her private personal pet; or for temporary (1 day) public educational display at schools, fairs etc.
(b) A renewable annual 'permit to possess' fee of BDS$100.00 per imported non-native species which the owner intends to keep privately for the sole purpose of captive-breeding for export (Permit subject to annual renewal upon annual inspection by the Chief Veterinary Officer - of the species being kept for export and their housing, reproduction records, as well as proof of export of all progeny produced in the form of Veterinary Export Health Certificates from the Chief Veterinary Officer). In the case of death of any imported specimen or progeny produced, the deceased specimen must be examined by Veterinary Services who will certify the mortality.
In the event that any specimens cannot be accounted for after import, and were not reported lost/stolen by the owner on day of disappearance, this will be considered a violation of the 'permit to possess' by the owner in question - and will result in an immediate revocation of the 'permit to possess' relevant to the species in question, and a confiscation of all remaining specimens of said species from the owner - by the relevant authorities; and also result in a BDS$500.00 fine payable by the owner.
#4 - Revocation of 'permit to possess' and confiscation of all specimens of the species in question - with a $500 fine per species - for any species not kept within the strict parameters outlined in the 'permit to possess' by the relevant governmental authorities; whether by category 3 (a) or 3 (b) owners.
We believe very strongly that such policies in effect - weed out the persons who are not serious or capable of being responsible Reptile & Amphibian owners, and also those who prefer to play hide and seek with the authorities instead of operating above board in a constructive partnership with the relevant authorities in Barbados in their desire to possess these legitimate categories of pet animals.
Damon Gerard Corrie
Herpetoculturalist & Founder/President
Caribbean Herpetological Society