Work is under way to include wildlife under the protection of cruelty against animals law

The Livestock Department is speeding up the inclusion of wildlife into so that wild animals will be protected under this law.

The law is intended to protect animals which are kept as pet, raised for work or for shows against cruelty or mistreatment by their owners or caretakers, but the law does not cover wild animals.

The need to update the law to include wild animals under its protection has arisen after forest rangers decided to lodge a charge of cruelty against animals against Premchai Karnasuta's hunting party, but eventually dropped the charge because wildlife is not covered by this law.

An informed source said that the panel in charge of amending the law to include wildlife under the protection of the law has been trying to define the meaning of wildlife, but the whole process will be completed within March 9.

Although not included in the law to protect animals from cruelty, wildlife is already protected by wildlife conservation and protection law which prescribes harsher penalties against the hunters or the torturers of wild animals.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (ThaiPBS)