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May 22, 2014
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Masicka cautioned over use of crocodile in video
Shereita Grizzle, STAR Writer


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When promo pictures for the video release of his single, Born Killa, were released earlier this year, it angered many advocating for the protection of Jamaica's wildlife.

With the official video released just last week, Masicka is maintaining that the crocodile he used in his video was obtained via legal sources.

The entertainer said he was aware that permission had to be sought before he could proceed to use the endangered species in his music video. "I got it from legal sources for promo usage," said the artiste. When questioned on whom the source was that granted him permission, the artiste said he could not reveal that information.

The WEEKEND STAR then informed the artiste of the Wildlife Protection Act which states that "no crocodile should be hunted, captured, killed or in any way harassed". It also states that "it is illegal to have in your possession, the whole or any part of a crocodile without special permission from the National Environmental Planning Agency (NEPA). The penalty for disobeying is $100,000 or 12 month's imprisonment".

When questioned further, it was revealed that the entertainer signed no formal paperwork in obtaining the crocodile, but instead had a verbal agreement with the animal's owner, who he said had the special permission.

He told The WEEKEND STAR that he has since returned the animal to its rightful owner.

In the video, the artiste can be seen holding the animal with his hands in close-ups, while in other shots, the crocodile has a thin piece of rope tied around its neck.

shereita.grizzle@gleanerjm.com

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