Wild Animals (Protection) Act


Published: 1968-08-14

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Wild Animals (Protection) Act
WILD ANIMALS (PROTECTION) [CH.248 – 1


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[Original Service 2001] STATUTE LAW OF THE BAHAMAS

WILD ANIMALS (PROTECTION)
CHAPTER 248

WILD ANIMALS (PROTECTION)

ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS

SECTION

1. Short title.
2. Interpretation.
3. Taking or capturing of wild animals prohibited.
4. Licences to take, capture and export wild animals.
5. Regulations.
6. Amendment of Schedule.

SCHEDULE.

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[Original Service 2001] STATUTE LAW OF THE BAHAMAS

CHAPTER 248

WILD ANIMALS (PROTECTION)
An Act to make provision for the control of the taking

and export of wild animals.
[Commencement 14th August, 1968]

1. This Act may be cited as the Wild Animals
(Protection) Act.

2. In this Act the following expressions have the
meanings hereby assigned to them respectively, that is to
say —

“Minister” means the Minister responsible for Wild
Animals and Bird Protection.

“section” means section of this Act;
“wild animal” means any animal found living in a

natural or feral state in The Bahamas.
3. (1) No person shall, except under and pursuant

to a licence from the Minister granted under section 4 —
(a) take or capture, or attempt to take or capture,

any wild animal specified in the Schedule; or
(b) export, or attempt to export, from The Bahamas,

any wild animal.
(2) Any person who contravenes the provisions of

subsection (1) of this section shall be guilty of an offence
and shall be liable on summary conviction therefor to a
fine not exceeding three hundred dollars or to
imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months or to
both such fine and imprisonment, and the court may in
addition order that any wild animal in respect of which any
such offence has been committed shall forthwith be set at
liberty.

4. (1) The Minister may, in any case where, upon
receipt by him of an application in that behalf, he is
satisfied that it is expedient that a wild animal specified in
the Schedule should be taken or captured or, as the case
may be, that a wild animal should be exported from The
Bahamas, in his discretion grant to any person a licence in
writing for the purpose.

21 of 1968
E.L.A.O., 1974

Short title.

Interpretation.

E.L.A.O., 1974.

Taking or
capturing of wild
animals
prohibited.
Schedule.

Licences to take,
capture and
export wild
animals.
Schedule.

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STATUTE LAW OF THE BAHAMAS [Original Service 2001]

(2) Every licence granted under the provisions of
this section shall be subject to such terms and conditions as
the Minister may think fit, and any terms or conditions
imposed in relation to a licence shall be specified therein.

5. The Minister may make regulations generally
for giving effect to the provisions of this Act, and, without
prejudice to the generality of the foregoing, may, make
regulations —

(a) prescribing the form of applications referred to
in subsection (1) of section 4;

(b) prescribing the form of licences that may be
issued under that section.

6. The Minister may from time to time by order
amend the Schedule.

SCHEDULE (Sections 4, 6)
1. Wild horses in the Island of Abaco, that is to say, any

member of the species Equus Caballus in that Island in a state of
nature, including the young of that species.

2. The Agouti or Hutia (Geocapromys ingrahami).
3. The Iguana (Cyclura species).

Regulations.

Amendment of
Schedule.