Sunday, January 2, 2011

Wildlife Conservation Act 2010 (Act 716) - 0n Straw-headed Bulbul

Finally had time to take a glimpse on the new act - Wildlife Conservation Act 2010.
I am no lawyer and what and how I interpret the Act cannot be taken as legal counsel hehehe! - well, I am sure there are no fools out there that believe me totally, but just in case ;-)

Now, after getting fired up by the restrictive Act, I finally saw some light in it. At least for the wild population of Straw-headed Bulbul (SHB) and as a deterrent to the SHB trappers/ would be trappers. Section 68 (2) (b) spells out the minimum penalty upon conviction of hunting or keeping a SHB without a special permit - not less than RM30,000 and not more than RM100,000.

Well, if I am a trapper, it would definitely deters me. See, even if the judge takes pity on me and try to impose a light penalty, it cannot be less than RM30k

Even if the Director General takes pity, Section 126 (2) prohibits the above offence from being compoundable.

There!...... some light of hope for the Straw-headed Bulbul. Penalty is so scarry that I may not need to worry about my captive breeding project of Straw-headed Bulbul :-D
Anyway, if they allow me.... hmmm still would be a worthwhile effort :-)


Anonymous said...

Hope this kind of "light" will always be shine through us.. This acts really make me upsetla bro..

dance4rain said...

Initially I was upset too. Still a little upset, but looking at it there is actually some good things about the Act. Here and there they mention commercial captive breeding, special permits etc. etc.
And if you read it together with the title "Wildlife Conservation Act", hopefully that is their intention. And hopefully that is what they will let us do "captive breeding". The "commercial" part, I am not too sure :-D

Well, it would slowly unfolds over the next couple of months how the process is going to be. 6 months grace period to re-register our birds. And we will succumb to their mercy hahaha!

Don't worry too much bro, "nasi sudah jadi bubur". Go with the flow, the force is too strong.... resistance is futile :-D