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Environmentalists allowed to incapacitate aggressive offenders with electric shock

2016-05-20

At its yesterday’s meeting, the Seimas approved the draft laws submitted by the Ministry of Environment which grant environmental inspectors the right to use electric shock devices.

Environmental state control officials, especially those working in the field of wildlife, have been faced with increased resistance and sometimes even active physical violence during their operations. Following the amendments to the Law on the Control of Arms and Ammunition, the Law on Environmental Protection and the Law on Environmental State Control, environmentalists will be able to use electric shock devices in their fight against aggressive and intoxicated offenders or those who are a threat to themselves or others.

Until now environmentalists already had the right to use firearms which, however, were an exceptional measure. In most cases the use of firearms causes especially grave physical and psychological consequences. Police practices have proved that electric shock devices are one of the most effective measures for incapacitating aggressive and resisting persons. These devices allow affecting the target with electric current through direct contact or remotely. They are not a substitute for firearms, but in specials cases officials, after evaluating the potential risks and consequences, could use electric shock devices to avoid the use of firearms.

Communication Division
20/05/2016

Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas
Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas