Govt. to slap bigger penalty on poachers
According to a recent notice from the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests, the fines and penalties for protected species under section 82 (7) of the Forest and Nature Conservation Rules, 2006, (esp those pertaining to the Tiger (Panthera Tigris) and the Snow Leopard (Uncia uncial)) has been revised as follows:-
- Any person found in act of making an attempt to catch or injure the above mentioned species shall be levied a fine of Nu 0.500 million.
- Any person found in an unpermitted taking, destroying, capturing and trade of their parts and products regardless of whether the animal was taken, destroyed or captured in Bhutan or elsewhere will be levied a fine of Nu 1 million or a penalty of imprisonment which may extend up to ten years or both.
- In addition, any animal parts or products possessed by the offender will be confiscated and the following schedule of fines will be levied for any missing animal parts or products:-