Angry operators of private elephant shelters who oppose a proposed amendment to the Wildlife Preservation and Protection Act complained at the first round of public hearings on Monday that the change will gravely affect their business.
Under the amendment, the National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department (NPWCD) will take over the task of regulating domesticated elephants from the Interior Ministry's Department of Provincial Administration. The bill would also tighten control over the ivory trade.
Domesticated elephants now come under the Transport Animals Act which authorises the Interior Ministry to issue ownership certificates for captive elephants.
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