Aboriginal Hunting Rights Protected Under Wildlife Conservation Law

The right of aboriginal people to hunt for personal, non-profit use has been upheld with provisions made in the Wildlife Conservation Act, it was announced at a press conference at noon today.

The press conference was held jointly by the Council of Indigenous Peoples and the Council of Agriculture. It was explained that under Article 21 of the Wildlife Conservation Act, indigenous people are legally able to hunt for personal use in aboriginal areas.

The provisions were made to uphold the rights for indigenous people to maintain cultural traditions, including rituals and traditional celebrations.

Council of Indigenous Peoples Chairman Icyang parod pointed out that previous to the amendments the Wildlife Conservation Law conflicted with the Indigenous People’s Basic Law in regards to “personal use.” This has caused aboriginal hunters to frequently find themselves on the other side of the law.

Taiwan Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (TSPCA) director Chou Jingfan (周敬凡) also attended the press conference, and said that he was not there to endorse the announcement, but he hoped that aboriginal hunters will use environmentally and animal friendly tools and methods and try to prevent unnecessary harm to animals. He hoped they would not use tools and methods that cause pain and suffering to animals such as steel claw traps.

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