TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Fighting an invasion of green iguanas in south Taiwan by serving up their meat is legal, as the animal is not a protected species, but the practice might not be healthy, the authorities said Wednesday (Dec. 2).
The invasive reptiles have damaged irrigation systems in Pingtung County, and a campaign offering rewards for those who catch the animals turned up 5,480 in just nine months.
An ad recently surfaced on Facebook offering iguana meat, with 10 people registering orders, CNA reported. While experts advise against making the animals a gourmet delicacy due to parasites and other health risks, the practice itself is not illegal, the Forestry Bureau said.
While the lizards are not protected, anyone raising them for their meat is required to register with the local government. A violation of that rule could incur a fine ranging from NT$10,000 (US$350) to NT$50,000, the Forestry Bureau said.