|14 Jan 2008, 1553 hrs IST , AFP
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MANILA: The Philippines on Monday vowed to
crack down on the killing or capture of protected species
amid reports bird hunting tours are being advertised openly
on the Internet.
More than 215 bird species found here are included on the
World Conservation Union's "red list" of critically
endangered species, and hunting them is illegal.
Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Joselito Atienza
said he was concerned by reports that hunting expeditions
were being organised and advertised openly.
"I have issued an order to (environment department) field
personnel to look for or monitor the activities of bird hunters
and act accordingly, in coordination with local government
and police officials," Environment and Natural Resources
Secretary Joselito Atienza said in a statement.
"We have a Wildlife Act aimed at conserving and protecting
wildlife resources and habitats. This law explicitly prohibits
the killing, collecting, hunting or possessing of wildlife,
their by-products and derivatives. We must implement this,"
A juvenile Philippine eagle, one of the world's largest, has
been restored to full health after it was shot in September
2006, and could be released later this month, the Philippine
Eagle Foundation said on Monday.
The penalty for killing or destroying vulnerable wildlife
species is two-four years in prison and fines of between 30,000
and 300,000 pesos ($ 739-7,389) -- or both, the department