Legal Measures concerning the Management of Elephant Street Begging for Department of Livestock Development

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Bunikar Chullabodhi
Thanapat Patchim
Arnuphab Raksuwan
Sakda Srithip


The objective of this research was to study the legal principles of the Department of Livestock Development related to the management of elephant street begging. Problems and obstacles from law enforcement and guidelines for the management of elephant street begging. By use qualitative research with the study of documents and other related works and in-depth interviews with stakeholders. The results showed that there are 22 Acts in Thailand related to elephants. There are 10 Acts that can be applied to sightings of elephant street begging and there of the Department of Livestock 2 Acts. (1) the Animal Epidemic Act, B.E. 2558 related to obtaining a permit to movement, characteristics of vehicles and equipment for moving, prevention and control of animal epidemics. And (2) the Cruelty Prevention and Welfare of Animal Act, B.E. 2557, related to the prevention of cruelty and animal welfare arrangements. Problems and obstacles, there are many laws related to elephants, has a different authority, no main agency to be responsible. Elephant keeper have no fear of the law, government officers lack the rigor to seriously enforce the law, lack of cooperation in working together. For suggestions should review the appropriateness of the original law to update the provisions of the law to keep up with the current situation. Prepare a manual on the implementation of law enforcement officers in the overview of all departments to cover all processes. In addition to law enforcement should use guidelines for promotion and support to elephant keeper in order to have a career until able to have a suitable income, there is enough food for the elephants. It is something that should be taken seriously. This will solve the overall problem in a systematic and sustainable manner.


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