Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Youths want rhino declared bio heritage


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KATHMANDU: Youths from different universities today demanded that the government declare the endangered one-horned rhinoceros a national bio heritage and award life sentence to rhino poachers.

Handing over a memorandum to chairperson of the Parliamentary Committee on Natural Resources and Means Chairperson Shanta Chaudhary in Singha Durbar, members of the National Youth Alliance for Rhino Conservation (NYARC) urged the government to subject poachers to tougher punishment.

“The National Park and Wildlife Conservation Act 1973 has provisioned a punishment of 5 to 15 years for rhino poachers. However, this provision is not enough to discourage the poachers. It’s time we amended the Act and awarded life sentence to the poachers,” said Kumar Paudel, coordinator, NYARC.

Chaudhary, thanking the youths for their idea, asked them to carry on with their good work and press the government for the conservation of the endangered species. “We will hold consultations with the Ministry of Forests and Soil Conservation and propose amendment to the existing law,” said Chaudhary.

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