Bangladesh okays strict law to protect endangered species

Bangladesh has approved a law that sets jail terms of up to 12 years for deliberately killing tigers and other wild animals endangered in the South Asian country, officials said on Saturday.

A recent cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina also agreed to provide reparations to the families of victims killed or maimed by the animals that range between 100,000 taka ($1,415) and 50,000 taka.

Each family will also get 25,000 taka as compensation if wild animals destroy assets such as houses and crops.

“The cabinet approved jail terms from two years to 12 years for killing endangered snakes and animals including tigers,” Hasina’s press secretary Abul Kalam Azad told Reuters.

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