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Man jailed for smuggling iguana meat into US
男子偷運鬣蜥蜴肉入美國被關

An iguana in Norway’s Oslo Reptile Park is seen in this photo from the Wikimedia Commons.
這張來在維基共享資源的照片,是一隻在挪威奧斯陸爬蟲公園的鬣蜥蜴。

Photo courtesy of BjOrn Christian TOrrissen
照片由BjOrn Christian TOrrissen提供

A Las Vegas man who tried to smuggle 115 oven-ready iguanas into the US from Mexico has been sentenced to two years in prison for illegally importing the reptiles, authorities said on April 26.

A search found the beheaded, skinned, and deboned bodies of 115 green iguanas weighing 72kg hidden beneath fish in the coolers.

Green iguanas are eaten in Mexico and Central America. They are enjoyed in stews or roasted and served in tacos or flautas, usually with condiments. Some recipes recommend parboiling the reptiles first, but iguanas are also regulated by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). While they are not endangered, CITES says they may become threatened if trade is not tightly controlled.

Fonseca, who said he obtained the iguanas in Nayarit in western Mexico, had neither an import license from the US Fish and Wildlife Service nor any CITES permit from Mexico’s wildlife management authority.

A researcher working for an iguana conservation program in Mexico concluded that removing more than 100 iguanas from the Nayarit area essentially “means that the local population was technically wiped out.”

(Reuters)

當局四月二十六日表示,一名拉斯維加斯男子試圖將一百一十五隻可馬上放入烤箱烘烤的鬣蜥蜴肉,從墨西哥走私入美國,已因非法進口爬行動物被判兩年徒刑。

搜索發現一百一十五隻綠鬣蜥去頭、去皮、去骨的屍體,重達七十二公斤,裝在保冷箱中藏在魚底下。

墨西哥和中美洲人食用綠鬣蜥,以燉煮、烘烤方式處理,或包在墨西哥玉米餅、捲餅裡,通常還加上佐料。有些食譜建議先將鬣蜥蜴煮半熟。不過鬣蜥蜴受到「瀕臨絕種野生動植物種國際貿易公約組織」(CITES)管制。儘管鬣蜥蜴不是瀕臨絕種的生物,但CITES表示,如果未嚴格管制交易,鬣蜥蜴的生存可能受到威脅。

該名男子馮賽卡說,他從墨西哥西部的納亞麗特取得這些鬣蜥蜴,但他沒有美國漁業與野生動物局進口執照,也沒有任何由墨西哥野生動物管理機關發出的CITES許可。

一位在墨西哥從事鬣蜥蜴保育計畫的研究學者推斷,從納亞麗特地區抓走超過一百隻鬣蜥蜴,基本上「等於當地全部鬣蜥蜴已被徹底消滅。」

(路透/翻譯:陳維真)

TODAY’S WORDS 今日單字

1. smuggle v.

走私 (zou3 si1)

例: He has been smuggling cigarettes from Gibraltar into Spain.

(他一直從直布羅陀走私香菸進西班牙。)

2. condiment n.

佐料 (zuo3 liao4)

例: Fish sauce is a traditional fermented condiment in coastal areas.

(魚露是沿海地區的傳統發酵佐料。)

3. wipe out v. phr.

消滅 (xiao1 mie4)

例: The plague had wiped out whole villages.

(那場瘟疫消滅全村。)


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