NLA member wants tougher wildlife law to deter poaching

A member of the National Legislative Assembly said Monday that he would like the wildlife law to be amended to increase the penalty of illegal hunting or protected or endangered species of wildlife up to 10-20 years imprisonment.

Mr Sanit Aksornkaew, who is also a member of the natural resources and environment committee of the NLA, admitted that the penalty under the existing wildlife law was too lenient to deter wildlife poaching.

While the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment is mulling amending the wildlife law, he said he personally wanted tougher law with higher jailterm of up to 10-20 years for poachers.

He added that regulations should be issued for government agencies to prevent abuse of power by senior officials to allow influential figures to enter wildlife reserves for hunting.

The committee led by Lt-Gen Chaiyuth Promsuk praised forest rangers for a job well done in their arrest of Italian-Thai Development boss Premchai Karnasuta and three other individuals for illegal hunting at Thung Yai Naresuan world heritage site.

The committee has agreed to invite Thung Yai game reserve chief, Mr Wichien Chinnawong, and director of Wildlife Conservation Office Ms Kanchana Nittaya to give a briefing about the hunting scandal and the situation in the game reserve to the committee on Thursday.