06 Feb '12, 2pm

Puerto Rico to U.S.: “Please eat these iguanas”

Puerto Rico to U.S.: “Please eat these iguanas”

Looks delicious! Image by Angela Rutherford Puerto Rico needs to get rid of FOUR MILLION invasive iguanas, some of which can grow to be six feet long. Short of passing a law requiring every man, woman, and child on the island to eat one iguana, what do you do about that volume of unwanted critters? Well, Puerto Rico is taking what’s probably the most lucrative option: Rounding them up, slaughtering them, and exporting the meat to the U.S. Puerto Rico’s Department of Natural Resources will be training volunteers to round up the iguanas, then exporting the meat at prices up to $6 a pound. Demand for iguana meat is high in U.S. states with large populations of Latino and Asian immigrants, said [Daniel] Galan [Kercado, secretary of the Department of Natural Resources], who anticipates having the plan finalized by May. It would then have to be reviewed by several government age...

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