Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Pakistan: Insurance scheme against snow leopard attacks planned

ISLAMABAD: An insurance scheme has been tested in a pilot project in a small area of the snowy north and the government is now looking to see if it can be replicated in a larger area, Environment Minister Malik Amin Aslam said here on Monday.

Officials hope that an insurance scheme will deter angry herders from killing the endangered wild cats, the snow leopards that attack their livestock. Under the scheme, herders pay a small percentage of the value of their herd and if one of their animals is killed by a snow leopard, the herder is paid full value of each animal he has lost.

“This is insurance for the sheep and the goats that get killed by snow leopards,” the minister told The Associated Press by telephone. “The snow leopard usually gets killed because the local people see it as a threat to their sheep or herds, so when it attacks, they attack back.”


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