Bangladesh to compensate for damage by wild animals

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The Bangladeshi government approved a draft of the policy to compensate loss of life and property caused by wild animals.

Bangladeshi cabinet approved the draft of the policy at a meeting on Monday with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair, Press Secretary to the Prime Minister Abul Kalam Azad told newsmen.

According to the draft, the family of a person killed by a wind animal will be provided with 100,000 taka (1428.57 U.S. dollars) for reparation, 50,000 taka ( 714.29 U.S. dollars) will be given to the family of each wounded person while 25,000 taka (357.14 U.S. dollars) will be provided to each as compensation if wild animals destroy property like houses and crops, Azad said.

The policy also includes a provision of a 12-year prison term as maximum punishment if anyone found guilty of killing a wild animal deliberately.

In Bangladesh, the Royal Bengal Tiger often kill honey collectors, wood cutters and fishermen in the world's largest mangrove forest Sundarban. Sometimes, the tigers intrude into the nearby locality in search of food when they also killed by villagers.

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