Asiatic cheetah fine almost 16-fold

Asiatic cheetah fine almost 16-fold ... 24/05/2015 Nature

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News ID: 2758523 - Sat 23 May 2015 - 23:05
TEHRAN, May 23 (MNA) – The Director-General of Department of Environmental Protection and Hunting and Fishing Management has said the amount of damage to be claimed for wildlife hunting will be public by a week.
Ali Teimouri told Mehr News on Saturday that the Section H of Article 3 of Hunting and Game Law approved by the High Council of Environment in last March, had been finalized by the secretariat of the Council; according to the Section, the damage to be claimed for hunting of wildlife and endangered species would be set and multiplied; “the provincial governor will have a say in setting the amount of damage whose provinces have high statistics of the illegal hunting, with Zanjan, Yazd, Semnan, Golestan and Lorestan provinces setting their provisional amount of damage,” Teimouri told Mehr News.
“A panel of wildlife experts and observers’ expert advice has been taken into account in setting the damage, which has been proportionate to the crimes committed and the wildlife species hunted; a session with Department of Environment presented the proposals to the Department by the Council for further examination,” said the director-general, “the damage to be claimed will be in the most probability announced within a week.”
“The Section H brings to the spotlight near-extinction species and has set higher amount of damage for these animals; for domestic animals and pets, lower amounts have been set, bringing a balance to previous amounts which were disproportionately high,” Teimouri added.
“According to the Section H, Iranian leopard (Panthera pardus saxicolor) experienced the highest rise in the damage claimed by the Department of Environment, up from mere $1,515 to $24,000 seeing almost 16-fold rise; Asiatic cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus venaticus) found a damage amount up from $6,000 to $30,000,” Teimouri detailed.
“The damage amount for illegal hunting of brown bear was set to $15,000; Persian fallow deer (Dama dama mesopotamica) found a price of $18,000; and Ibex and chamois were set to a damage amount of $10,600,” he added.

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