There are those who are hellbent on the preservation of that deadly snake—the FER-DE-LANCE.
That venomous viper is not indigenous to St. Lucia, it was imported into the island by plantation owners who wanted to deter their slaves from escaping and seeking shelter in
In time the snake population grew at an alarming rate and they were forced to use drastic
measures. One such measure was the importation of another pest— the mongoose.
The mongoose and the snake are deadly enemies and will engage in mortal combat on sight. That worked for a while till the mongoose discovered something a lot
less deadly and a lot more succulent— the farmer’s chickens.
As a result, the snake population started to grow once more. It grew at such an alarming rate that the government of the day was forced to take drastic action. A bounty was declared on the snake, monies were allocated to police stations around the island to pay
farmers for every snake head they brought in.
A popular police sergeant lost his job when he was discovered stealing the snake head money. He also lost another job when he was drummed out– pun fully intended–
as the drum major for the police band.
The time has come to get rid of this deadly scourge on the lives of hard-working farmers.
To all the free-thinking innovators, think of what you can do with snake skin— purses, boots cell phone covers, to name but a few.
Restaurants could put snake items on their menu like snake soup, snake steak. Any one.
The time has come to get rid of one of the last vestiges of slavery.
To paraphrase the Walcott brothers, ‘MASSA DAY DONE’.
A voice from the past,
Pancho Pablo Maguez