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Amendments to wildlife Act tabled

The Wildlife Protection Amendment Bill,2013 seeks to ban the use of animal traps,except under certain conditions

The environment and forests ministry Monday introduced in the Rajya Sabha major amendments to the Wildlife Protection Act,1972 that seek heavier penalties to check wildlife-related crimes and aim to make Indian laws consistent with the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.

The Wildlife Protection Amendment Bill,2013 seeks to ban the use of animal traps,except under certain conditions,engage gram sabhas and gram panchayats in management of protected areas,and to grant hunting rights to hunter-gatherer Scheduled Tribes of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

The Bill proposes that hunting in national parks and sanctuaries or the alteration of their boundaries should be punished with 5 to 7 years in jail and fine of Rs 5 to 25 lakh,up from 3 to 7 years in jail and Rs 10,000 fine in the current law; the punishment would be 7 years in prison and Rs 30 lakh fine for repeat offenders,up from 3 to 7 years of imprisonment and Rs 25,000 fine now.

The amendments propose stricter deterrents for crimes related to sale,purchase and transfer of animals,their parts or products listed in various schedules.

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