The Ududumbara Police have arrested three persons who were transporting a head and different body parts of a leopard for sale.
The body parts were being transported in a three-wheeler and the persons were arrested in Kalalgamuwa. Around 17 kilogrammes of leopard flesh along with the leopard’s head and skin were found in their possession. The suspects were later produced at the Theldeniya Magistrates Court today.
According to senior environmental lawyer Jagath Gunawardena the leopard is a strictly protected species according to Section 31, sub-section 2 (Schedule II) of the Flora and Fauna Protection Ordinance (FFPO). “Therefore it is a cognisable offence and the perpetrators can be arrested without a warrant. It is also a non-bailable offence.”
Speaking to the Daily Mirror, Wildlife and Forest Conservation Minister C. B Ratnayake said that irrespective of social status these perpetrators will receive maximum punishment.
“The leopard is a protected species and I have given directions for the relevant authorities to impose maximum punishments on those who are guilty of laying snares. Nobody can also keep body parts of a protected species in their possession.”
He further said that measures will be taken to amend the FFPO and that search operations are underway to identify the person who shot the leopard in Nallathanniya on Tuesday.
For this year, 10 leopards have been killed as a result of snaring and illegal human practices. It has been alleged that leopard meat is a delicacy for Chinese and people in the Central Highlands lay snares to deliberately trap leopards and earn an extra income.
The growing threats faced by these iconic animals have resulted in their conservation status declining from Near Threatened to Vulnerable in the June 2016 update of the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. (Kamanthi Wickramasinghe)
An isolated incident according to the wildlife officials of Srilanka. They all need to be sacked. But the current government is also interested in destroying nature, so it's all good.
brainmaster Friday, 25 September 2020 03:45 PM
it's the chinese again who lure our poor people into the wildlife business
Siri Friday, 25 September 2020 04:34 PM
CHINESE - A once great race now the pariah race of the World. Hunting and eating just about anything with feet or no feet, except furniture. That includes all desperate, fast disappearing creatures like Rhinos, hunted on a fallacy for longevity, pangolins, lions and tigers, all snakes and even carcasses of human babies. All this while violating all environmental standards and gradually taking control of debt ridden states through shark loans.
Mm Friday, 25 September 2020 05:43 PM
All big talk about the law and what is in the books but not enough being done to stop this crime
Fed up Friday, 25 September 2020 05:43 PM
Can’t someone do the same to the humans who did this to this animal
Today’s Man Friday, 25 September 2020 05:46 PM
There is no difference between the CI and the leopard’s face.
Si Friday, 25 September 2020 08:29 PM
It's Chinese now eating leopard I in our country...
Jeeves Friday, 25 September 2020 08:59 PM
Has a leopard meat racket been rumbled?
Vindhya Amarasinghe Friday, 25 September 2020 11:05 PM
Thank you Daily Mirror for continuing to highlight the sad fate of the hill country leopards.
RP Saturday, 26 September 2020 07:31 AM
Sickening! Poor animals are being hunted down for their paws and body parts for the primitive medicine practioners in the East. The deaths of this magnificient animals are soaring only lately and the reason is an open secret.
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