Wild Animals Protection Law, 1955 (Summary)

A protected wild animal, as defined by this Law, is any wild animal not designated by the Minister of Agriculture as a "game animal" or a "pest". Hunting protected animals is prohibited. The Minister of Agriculture is charged with the implementation of the Law, and is authorized to make regulations as to "the protection and preservation of wild animals, the encouragement or prevention of their propagation, and their rescue from fires or other disasters of nature". He may also regulate inter alia, the procedure for the destruction of pests, taxidermy, and the use of zoos and farms for the keeping and raising of wild animals. Hunting of Game.

– A hunting license is required to hunt game. The Minister of Agriculture may grant special hunting permits "for scientific purposes, for the prevention of damage to agriculture or for the prevention of infectious diseases in man or animals". He may further restrict hunting of a certain kind of animal or prohibit hunting within a particular area or during a particular period of time.

– A person may not hunt in the vicinity of houses, camps, public gardens, or cemeteries.

– Certain methods of hunting, including the use of poisons, drugs, traps, nets, glue and explosives, are prohibited. Pursuit in a motor vehicle is forbidden.

Trading in Wild Animals.

A license is required to buy or sell wild animals.

Offenses.

– A person who does not have a license or a permit to hunt is presumed to be guilty of an offense according to this Law if he has game or protected wild animals in his possession.

– Penalties for hunting or stalking a wild animal in contravention of this Law or its regulations include fine or imprisonment, and the confiscation by the Treasury of hunting implements used in the offense.