Thailand Sets Compensation for Wild Animal Attack Victims


The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has introduced new compensation regulations for victims of wild animal attacks, responding to increasing incidents involving monkeys in Lop Buri province.

Under the guidance of Natural Resources and Environment Minister Pol Gen Patcharawat Wongsuwon, the regulations, effective from Saturday (Mar 23), outline compensations up to 100,000 baht for severe injuries or death, 50,000 baht for the loss of a limb or an eye, and a cap of 30,000 baht for other injuries. Additionally, victims can receive daily payments of 300 baht during their recovery for up to 180 days.

The move aims to offer financial relief to those affected by encounters with wild animals such as monkeys, elephants, gaurs, and bears. The initiative arrives amidst growing concerns over aggressive macaques in Lop Buri, which have been reported to attack locals and tourists alike, primarily to snatch food.

The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation plans to relocate aggressive monkeys from Lop Buri’s urban areas to designated enclosures within the province and nearby Nakhon Nayok, noting that food scarcity during the hot season often triggers their aggressive behavior.

The preceding is a press release from the Thai Government PR Department.

Goongnang Suksawat
Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.