Date: Mar 07, 2016
By: Huang Po-hsin, Wu Hsin-tien, Chen Hsien-yi and Jake Chung / Staff reporters, with staff writer
Aborigine hunters prosecuted in terms of the Wildlife Conservation Act (野生動物保育法) in
2014 are to file for a constitutional interpretation on the ruling, saying that the ruling conflicted with Article 19 of the Indigenous Peoples Basic Act (原住民族基本法) as well as constitutionally protected rights.
Bunun Aborigne Tama Talum, 56, was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison for violating the Wildlife Conservation Act and the Act Governing the Control of Guns, Ammunition and Knives (槍砲彈藥刀械管制條例), for hunting a Formosan Reeve’s muntjac and a goat in 2013 to provide fresh meat for his 94-year-old mother.
Supreme Prosecutors’ Office Prosecutor-General Yen Ta-ho (顏大和) filed an extraordinary appeal against a jail sentence on grounds of suspected discrimination against Aboriginal culture in December last year.
Talum and lawyers on Friday last week filed an 80-page application for a constitutional interpretation.
Puyuma Aborigine Pan Chih-chiang (潘志強), who was arrested on similar charges, said in tears that they hoped Aborigines’ mandate to continue their hunting culture would be placed on an equal footing with the conservation of the culture of the Han people. [FULL STORY]