Criminal Law

Wildlife Protection Law being amended to carry Harsher Penalties

Date: 12 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

BANGKOK, Feb 12 (NNT) - The committee of Thailand's National Legislative Assembly (NLA) in charge of natural resources and the environment is preparing to seek approval for an amended wildlife protection bill that would increase punishments for poaching.

Lt Gen Chaiyuth Promsuk, Chairman of the natural resources and environment committee of the NLA, led other committee members, during a press conference, in expressing their concern over the problem of poaching in the Western Thung Yai Naresuan Wildlife Sanctuary. Following the recent arrest of a business tycoon and his team, who went on a hunting trip in the area, the chairman lauded any citizen who has advocated forest and wildlife protection while voicing support for all responsible civil servants who have performed their duties with honesty and courage.

The committee noted that punishment under the current Wildlife Preservation and Protection Act 1992 is not harsh enough. Therefore, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment is in the process of revising the law before presenting it to the Cabinet and the NLA for due consideration. The amended law will likely increase the jail term for violators to 10-20 years. In the meantime, the committee insisted that new regulations must be adopted by related agencies to prevent influential figures from gaining access to protected forests for hunting.

According to the committee, a meeting will be held with the chief of Thung Yai Naresuan Wildlife Sanctuary this February 15 in order to give him moral support and to obtain any information useful for the amendment of the wildlife protection law.

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