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Parakeets and cardinals are the most illegally hunted animals in Yucatan

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According to the Secretariat of the Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat) Yucatán, birds are the wild animals most widely owned and kept as pets.Parakeets, cardinals, among others, are the birds that are mostly captured and illegally marketed in the state.

.Citizens must be aware that when having wild species as a pet, it is mandatory to have a document that demonstrates the legal origin of the specimens, that is, a delivery note that indicates the details of the authorization that was issued  the secretariat to be able to trade the species.There are fines of two thousand pesos and up to prison for anyone who sells or buys wild species, regardless of the function, since the law is clear in stating that the possession of fauna is punished and even more so when it is of protected species.

Among other species threatened by the custom of acquiring them for pets are monkeys, opossums, coatis, felines, and even tapirs, which are extinct in the region.The secretariat has a registration program through which possession permits were granted to citizens.

However, they are no longer being issued, but rather the person’s data is taken and the species are left in safety guard. Because of this, people no longer come as close to Semarnat and therefore there is no updated record.They called for, if purchasing wild animals, to verify the origin by all means, since there have been cases of false documentation.

Red-caped Cardinal

As for the seized species, it was specified that they are taken to authorized places for safekeeping, such as the Centenario, Animaya, and La Reina Zoological Parks in Tizimín.

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