YEREVAN (Armenpress) — The government is seeking harsher penalties for poachers, with the Ministry of Nature Protection introducing a new bill on amending the law regulating the sphere.
Voskehat Grigoryan, the head of the Bio-diversity and Bio-Safety Policy Department of the Nature Protection Ministry said at a news conference on March 25 that the bill aims to raise the fine for leopard poaching from the current 3,000,000 drams ($6,172) to 100,000,000 drams ($206,000). However, if the poaching takes in a specially protected area the fine will be 500,000,000 drams ($1,000,000).
“This is yet a draft option, it is currently in circulation, however the main emphasis of the bill is for the heightened fines to be a suppressive tool, so people avoid poaching,” Grigoryan said.
World Wildlife Fund Armenia Director Karen Manvelyan said he is in favor of the proposed increase of the penalty.
Manvelyan added that today technologies enable carrying out more efficient supervision and detect poaching cases. He said there are currently more than 100 surveillance cameras installed in various locations, and they are planning to increase the number.