Panaji: Goa's Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Ajai Saxena has questioned the state’s tradition of eating frog meat terming it as against the food chain.
“People in Goa claim that eating frog meat is a tradition. I don't understand what kind of tradition is there when you are disturbing an food chain,” Saxena said here addressing a gathering on the occasion of World Environment Day.
Frog meat which is also commonly known as jumping chicken is a delicacy in the state during the monsoons.
Earlier Goa forest officials had issued an advisory claiming that frog meat can cause illnesses like cancer, kidney failure and paralytic strokes in the hope that a health cautionary would prevent people from killing and eating these endangered species.
The state forest department has been raiding people poaching frogs. Under the Wildlife Protection Act poaching of the amphibians, who are listed under Schedule-I of threatened species, calls for a punishment of Rs. 25,000 fine and/ or imprisonment up to three years.
Saxena said illegal poaching of frog meat would continue till there is a demand for it.
He said the forest department will not be in a position to stop it completely.
“Wildlife trade in the world is only next to drug smuggling. On an average the trade is worth $US 290 billion,” he said.
(With inputs from PTI)