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Proclamation No 541 Development, Conservation and Utilization of Wildlife
[Article] 16. Penalty
1/ Unless it entails higher penalty under the criminal law:
- a) any person who:
( i) commits an act of illegal wildlife hunting or trade;
(ii)carries out unauthorized activities within wildlife conservation areas or causes, in whatever way, damage thereto; or
(iii)is found in possession of wildlife or wildlife products without having a permit;
shall be punished with fine not less than Birr 5000 and not exceeding Birr 30,000 or with imprisonment not less than one year and not exceeding five years or with both such fine and imprisonment.
(b) any person who commits other offences in violation of the provisions of this Proclamation or regulations or directives issued hereunder shall be punished with fine not less than Birr 500 and not exceeding Birr 3,000 or with imprisonment not less than one month and not exceeding six months or with both such fine and imprisonment.
2/ Where a court passes a sentence pursuant to Sub-Article (1) of this Article, it shall, in addition to the sentence, order the confiscation of the wildlife or wildlife products which are the proceeds of the offence together with the weapon with which the offence is committed.
3/ The Ministry or the concerned regional organ may, as appropriate:
(a) sale, transfer to a scientific purpose, to academic institution or destroy the confiscated wildlife or wildlife product;
(b) transfer to the appropriate government organs or destroy the confiscated weapon.