BANGKOK, 24 July 2018  – News of arrests of forest poachers and wildlife smugglers have been reported time and again. The wildlife is currently under care of the Wildlife Reserve and Protection Act, which was primarily designed to preserve and protect natural habitats of the endangered species and take legal controls on the import or export of such wildlife. Besides, the law is supportive to the breeding of certain wildlife species in order to increase their population, preserve their species and reduce the hunting for them.

According to the Wildlife Reserve and Protection Act of B.E. 2535, the wildlife may be categorized as reserved wildlife and protected wildlife. The reserved wildlife refers to 19 rare and near-extinct species, such as marble-striped cats, manatees, bark deer, pelicans, serows, wildebeests, antelopes, Schomburgk’s deer, koupreys, bisons, rhinos, Sumatran rhinos, tapirs, Gurney’s black-bellied pitta, white-eyed river martins, bruda whales, omura whales, leatherback turtles and whale sharks. Those species cannot be hunted or possessed, either live or in carcass, except for educational or zoological purposes and with permission from the Director General of the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation on exceptional basis.

The protected wildlife refers to 12 species as declared in the appendix of a regulation of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment. There are 201 mammal species, 952 avian species, 91 reptile species, 12 amphibious species and 20 insect species, 14 fish species and 13 invertebrate species categorized as protected wildlife.

Nobody is legally allowed to hunt for those reserved or protected species except for official survey or academic research purposes. The protection and breeding of those species need a written permission from the Director General of the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation. Those who might hunt for wildlife on necessary basis will not be legally punished in case that they do so only to keep themselves or others from dangers or to maintain one’s property and immediately report of such actions to the authorities so that the hunted wildlife, either live or in carcass, will be the property of the state.

Nobody is legally allowed to raise the reserved or protected wildlife, unless otherwise allowed by the Director General of the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation or done so in support of public zoo activities.

Nobody is legally allowed to possess the reserved or protected wildlife, either live or in carcass, unless otherwise allowed by the Director General of the Department of Naitonal Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation or done so in support of public zoo activities.

Nobody is legally allowed to trade in reserved or protected wildlife, either live or in carcass, or in any products made from wildlife carcasses, unless otherwise allowed by the Director General of the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation.

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