Sept 03, Colombo: Sri Lanka Ministry of Wildlife Conservation has decided to grant an amnesty period for the registration of wild elephant calves in the department.
Sri Lankan environmentalists say that a large number of elephant calves have been stolen from the wilds of Sri Lanka and they are in the hands of scrupulous businessmen.
The government has decided to charge a Rs. one million fee for the registration of an elephant calf.
Minister of Wildlife Vijith Vijayamuni Soysa said that the elephant calves that are not registered during this period would be taken into custody and the holders would be penalized in court.
The Ministry has lost the registry of tamed elephants and the report of the inquiry into the matter is to be handed over to the Minister on September 29.