Call to scrap 'Fifth Amendment' to Wildlife Protection Bill

15th Feb, 2017 | Tourism Mail Crew

KATHMANDU, Feb 15: The Conscious Citizen Group has demanded the scrapping of 'Fifth Amendment' of National Parks and Wildlife Protection Bill endorsed by the Legislature-Parliament arguing it was not in favour of preservation of wildlife.

At a press conference organized here on Tuesday, Group Campaigner Amod Dahal claimed that the fifth amendment of the wildlife protection bill endorsed by the parliament has curtailed the right of wildlife to survive in a free and natural environment.

He urged the Legislature-Parliament to amend the bill as it was against wildlife right to survive a free life.

Environment activists including Niraj Gautam, Shristi Singh Shrestha and Sangeeta Sapkota stressed the need to prohibit the establishment of factories, hotel, restaurant and transport in and around national parks acknowledging the right of animals to have a free life.

The Clause 9(2) of the amended bill has the provision that wildlife species can be provided to any individual, agency, users committee, local body and organization for study or research. Likewise, Clause 15 (E) has specified that the wildlife can be offered as gift to foreign nations.

Since the amended bills have these provisions against the concept of wildlife protection, it would affect the campaign of wildlife protection.