Wild ele­phant poach­ers can be given up to 10 year prison term

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Direc­tor Thein Toe from Yan­gon Re­gion For­est De­part­ment said that the newly en­acted Bio­di­ver­sity and Pro­tec­tion of Wildlife Sanc­tu­ary Law could give a max­i­mum 10-year prison term to those who kill wildlife ele­phants.

Thein Toe said in re­ply to a ques­tion from by Mizzima that the newly en­acted Bio­di­ver­sity and Pro­tec­tion of Wildlife Sanc­tu­ary Law stip­u­lated that killing, hunt­ing, and sell­ing the parts of wild ele­phants are pro­hib­ited and poach­ers shall be manda­to­rily given a min­i­mum 3-year prison term and max­i­mum 10-year prison term.

Ac­cord­ing to sta­tis­tics re­leased by the For­est De­part­ment, 35 wild ele­phants were killed across the coun­try in 2015, 26 in 2016 and 59 wild ele­phants were killed in 2017 and Aye­yarwady Re­gion has the high­est in­ci­dents.

The Min­istry of Nat­u­ral Re­sources and En­vi­ron­ment Con­ser­va­tion drafted the bill ‘Bio­di­ver­sity and Wildlife Sanc­tu­ary Law’ by amend­ing and mod­i­fy­ing the old ‘Pro­tec­tion of Wildlife and Nat­u­ral Plants and Con­ser­va­tion of Wildlife Sanc­tu­ary Law 1994’ the union par­lia­ment passed this bill on May 21, 2018, and it was en­acted and pro­mul­gated.

Torch­ing seized il­le­gal ivory in Myan­mar. Photo: EPA

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