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Elephanten in Bkk zu füttern - 200 Euro StrafeResidents face B10,000 fine for feeding elephants
• Published: 10/07/2010 at 12:00 AM
People who feed roaming elephants on Bangkok streets now face a 10,000 baht fine.
City Hall has started a new drive to rid the city's streets of elephants begging for food.
Called the Chang Yim (Smiling Elephants) project, it was inspired by a poem written by school students about the suffering of elephants forced to roam the streets.
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration has issued an ordinance banning elephants from the city. Mahouts found with their elephants, begging for food in the city, can be jailed for six months and/or fined up to 10,000 baht.
Land owners who provide shelter to roaming elephants, and people who buy fruit from mahouts to feed the animals will also face a fine of up to 10,000 baht.
Officials who catch roaming elephants will receive a reward of 2,000 baht an elephant.
The ordinance to control elephants, approved by the City Council, went into effect on June 22.
But Bangkok Governor MR Sukhumbhand Paribatra delayed enforcing it until July 1 to make sure people are aware of it.
Inspired by a poem on the plight of elephants roaming the city's streets written by pupils from Concordian International School, MR Sukhumbhand launched the Chang Yim project to return the elephants to their home provinces.
Manit Techa-apichoke, director of the City Law Enforcement Department, said about 200 elephants were found begging at entertainment venues and nightspots in the city before the BMA issued the ordinance.
Few reports on elephants in Bangkok have emerged since. However, the animals have been spotted in surrounding provinces such as Samut Prakan and Pathum Thani, he said.
In the past, other agencies were responsible for arresting and imposing fines on mahouts.
The penalties were light as offenders were fined only 500 baht.
The small fines failed to discourage mahouts from bringing their animals to beg in the city.
After seizing the elephants, city authorities send them to provincial elephant conservation centres.
It has to pay the centres for the animals' food expenses.
The Chang Yim project encourages mahouts to find new jobs. Concerts are held to raise money for the elephants and their owners, said Mr Manit.
The BMA has also opened a bank account under "Chang Yim" at Krung Thai Bank's City Hall branch to receive public donations to support elephants in the care of conservation centres across the country.
The Bangkok governor recently handed out 500,000 baht from the Chang Yim bank account to Sumet Tantivejkul, chairman of the Elephant Reintroduction Foundation.
The city is also keeping the public updated online about the elephants it had sent to provincial conservation centres.
Most elephants found on Bangkok's streets are from Surin and Buri Ram provinces, said Mr Manit.
Owners receive about 10,000 baht a month in "elephant rental fees" from mahouts who take their animals to roam the city's streets. The country has about 2,400 domestic elephants.
Die Frage ist nur, wenn die Tiere weniger Geld in der Tourismusbranche verdienen,
kann der selbe Tierbestand aufrecht erhalten werden,
wenn einigen Eigentümern die Einnahmequelle ausfällt ?
Die Futterkosten müssen ja erst einmal erwirtschaftet werden.
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