THE BANGLADESH WILD LIFE (PRESERVATION) ORDER, 1973

(PRESIDENT’S ORDER NO. 23 OF 1973).
  [28th March, 1973]
 
 
     
   
 
 
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2. In this Order, unless there is anything repugnant in the subject or context,-



(a) “capture” means the taking alive of any wild animal;



(b) “dealer”, in relation 1[ to wild animals], trophies or meat, means any person who, in course of trade or business carried on by him whether on his own behalf or on behalf of any other person,-



(i) sells, purchases or barters 2[ any wild animal], trophy or meat; or



(ii) cuts, carves, polishes, preserves, cleans, mounts or otherwise prepares 3[ any wild animal's] trophy or meat; or



(iii) manufactures any article from trophies or meat;



(c) “game reserve” means an area declared by the Government as such for the protection of wild life and increase in the population of important species wherein capturing of wild animals shall be unlawful;



(d) “Government” means the Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh;



(e) “hunt” means-



(i) killing, capturing, poisoning, snaring and trapping of any wild animal and any attempt to do so; or



(ii) driving any wild animal for any of the purposes specified in sub-clause (i); or



(iii) injuring or destroying or taking any part of the body of such wild animal or taking of nests or eggs of wild birds and 4[ reptiles];



(f) “licence”, “special licence”, “permit” and “special permit” mean, respectively, a licence, a special licence, a permit or a special permit granted or issued under this Order or the rules made thereunder;



(g) “meat” means fat, blood, flesh or any edible part of 5[ a wild animal], whether fresh or preserved;



(h) “national park” means comparatively large areas of outstanding scenic and natural beauty with the primary object of protection and preservation of scenery, flora and fauna in the natural state to which access for public recreation and education and research may be allowed;



(i) “offence” means an offence punishable under this Order 6[ or] any rule made thereunder;



(j) “officer” means any person appointed in this behalf to carry out all or any of the purposes of this Order or to do anything required by this Order or any rule made thereunder to be done by an officer, and includes a Forest Officer as defined in clause (2) of section 2 of the Forest Act, 1927 (Act No. XVI of 1927), and 7[ such other persons as may be authorised by the Government] to carry out such purpose or to do such thing as the Government may specify;



(k) “prescribed” means prescribed by rules made under this Order;



(l) “private game reserve” means an area or private land set aside by the owner thereof for the same purpose as a game reserve and declared as such under Article 24;



(m) “schedule” means a Schedule appended to this Order;



(n) “trophy” means any 8[ dead wild animal] or any horn, antler, tooth, tusk, bone, claw, hoof, skin, hair, feather, egg, shell or other durable part of 9[ a wild animal] whether or not included in a manufactured or processed article;

(o) “wild animal” means any vertebrate creature, other than human beings and animals of usually domesticated species or fish, and includes the eggs of birds and reptiles; and



(p) “wild life sanctuary” means an area, closed to hunting, shooting or trapping of wild animals and declared as such under Article 23 by the Government as undisturbed breeding ground primarily for the protection of wild life inclusive of all natural resources, such as vegetation, soil, and water.
 
 
 
1 The words “to wild animals” were substituted for the words “to animals” by section 2 of the Bangladesh Wild Life (Preservation) (Amendment) Act, 1974 (Act No. XVII of 1974)

2 The words “any wild animal” were substituted for the words “any animal” by section 2 of the Bangladesh Wild Life (Preservation) (Amendment) Act, 1974 (Act No. XVII of 1974)

3 The words “any wild animal’s” were substituted for the words “any animal’s” by section 2 of the Bangladesh Wild Life (Preservation) (Amendment) Act, 1974 (Act No. XVII of 1974)

4 The words “reptiles” was substituted for the word “raptiles” by section 2 of the Bangladesh Wild Life (Preservation) (Amendment) Act, 1974 (Act No. XVII of 1974)

5 The words “a wild animal” were substituted for the words “an animal” by section 2 of the Bangladesh Wild Life (Preservation) (Amendment) Act, 1974 (Act No. XVII of 1974)

6 The word “or” was substituted for the words “or under” by section 2 of the Bangladesh Wild Life (Preservation) (Amendment) Act, 1974 (Act No. XVII of 1974)

7 The words “such other persons as may be authorized by the Government” were substituted for the words “an officer authorised” by section 2 of the Bangladesh Wild Life (Preservation) (Amendment) Act, 1974 (Act No. XVII of 1974)

8 The words “dead wild animal” were substituted for the words “dead animal” by section 2 of the Bangladesh Wild Life (Preservation) (Amendment) Act, 1974 (Act No. XVII of 1974)

9 The words “a wild animal” were substituted for the words “an animal” by section 2 of the Bangladesh Wild Life (Preservation) (Amendment) Act, 1974 (Act No. XVII of 1974)

 
 

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