Registering illegally captured elephants:
Environmentalists up in arms against amnesty period
Environmentalists have warned that the amnesty period for those who
rear elephants illegally to register them, will have far-reaching
consequences as it will promote elephant poaching.
The Environment Conservation Trust has highlighted that relaxing laws
on illegally domesticated elephants will encourage poachers to pry on
baby elephants, and would run contrary to the Ministry’s good
Commenting on the Ministry’s arrangements to levy one million rupees
to register such illegal herd during the amnesty period, Sajeewa
Chamikara of the Trust said, “This action is tantamount to issuing a
licence for illegal trading of elephants, “adding that their extinction
will be a near possibility if the authorities don’t intervene to stop
implementing the shortsighted decision.
Tuskers and elephants have been given special protection under the
Flora and Fauna Protection Ordinance. Sections 22 - 29 exclusively
outline the law pertaining to domestication and punishment for poachers.
According to the laws those who illegally rear elephants can be
jailed up to 20 years. Such people can be arrested without a warrant.
Environmentalists said the new arrangement will run contrary to the law.