Puerto Rico: The night of the iguana
… and the morning and the afternoon, too:
Some genius introduced iguanas in Puerto Rico in the 1970s for people to keep as pets. Not.A.Good.Thing. Apparently there are now over 4 million iguanas in the island, outnumbering automobiles and humans, and they’re a huge nuisance. Iguanas chewing on electrical lines caused a power outage at Plaza las Américas (the largest shopping mall in Puerto Rico, and possibly in all of the Caribbean islands) a few months ago.
If you want to survive in the Isla del encanto (enchanted island), learn this: never get between a Puerto Rican and her retail therapy.
Hence, the iguanas’ goose is cooked
There isn’t much appetite for iguanas in Puerto Rico, but the meat is popular in other countries, Mr. Galán Kercadó says. Puerto Rico hopes to gather iguanas up, slaughter them and export the meat to countries in Latin America, Asia and elsewhere with a taste for the lizards. Not only will this help rid Puerto Rico of a problem, Mr. Galán Kercadó says, but it could create jobs too.
Unlike Puerto Ricans, who consider the creatures a pest, many Central Americans go gaga for iguana. They eat it roasted and in stews. They use its oil to treat rheumatism and bruises. Some even consume it in the hope of increasing their sex drive, according to a recent U.S. government report on the reptiles.
Asians, too, believe iguana meat has aphrodisiac properties, which the Puerto Ricans obviously do not need, so it looks like the trade deficit with China is about to decrease.
(No, thank you, I won’t be serving iguana for dinner, in case you wonder, but some may want to have them with some fava beans and a nice chianti.)
Back in the 1960s it was Richard Burton dealing with the iguanas,
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