THE BANGLADESH WILD LIFE (PRESERVATION) ORDER, 1973

(PRESIDENT’S ORDER NO. 23 OF 1973).
  [28th March, 1973]
 
 
     
   
 
 
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23. (1) The Government may, by notification in the official Gazette, declare any area to be wild life sanctuary.



(2) No person shall-



(i) enter or reside in any wild life sanctuary; or



(ii) cultivate any land in any wild life sanctuary; or



(iii) damage or destroy any vegetation in any wild life sanctuary; or



(iv) hunt, kill or capture any wild animal in any wild life sanctuary or within one mile from the boundaries of a wild life sanctuary; or



(v) introduce any exotic species of animal into a wild life sanctuary; or



(vi) introduce any domestic animal or allow any domestic animal to stray into a wild life sanctuary; or



(vii) cause any fire in a wild life sanctuary; or



(viii) pollute water flowing in or through a wild life sanctuary:

Provided that Government may, for scientific purposes or for aesthetic enjoyment or betterment of scenery, relax all or any of the prohibitions specified above.



(3) The Government may declare any area to be a national park where the following acts shall not be allowed, namely:-



(i) hunting, killing or capturing any wild animal in a national park and within the radius of one mile outside its boundary;



(ii) firing any gun or doing any other act which may disturb any wild animal or doing any act which may interfere with the breeding places of any wild animal;



(iii) felling, taping, burning or in any way damaging or destroying, taking, collecting or removing any plant or tree therefrom;



(iv) clearing or breaking up any land for cultivation, mining or for any other purpose;



(v) polluting water flowing in and through the national park:



Provided that the Government may, for scientific purposes or for betterment of the national park or for aesthetic enjoyment of scenery or for any other exceptional reasons, relax all or any of the prohibitions specified above.



(4) Construction of access roads, rest houses and hotels and provision of amenities for the public shall be so planned as may not impair, 1[ the primary] object of the establishment of a national park.



(5) The Government may declare any area to be a game reserve and allow hunting and shooting of wild animals under a special permit wherein the maximum number of the wild animals to be killed and the area and the duration for which such permit shall remain valid shall be specified.

(6) Such alterations in the boundaries of wild life sanctuaries, national parks and game reserves may be affected as the Government may approve.
 
 
 
1 The words “the primary” were substituted for the word “heprimary” by section 18 of the Bangladesh Wild Life (Preservation) (Amendment) Act, 1974 (Act No. XVII of 1974)

 
 

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