wedgetail jail and fine
"michael hunter" <>
Tue, 25 Sep 2018 13:38:41 +1000
The Sale magistrate is to be very highly commended for jailing Murray James
Silvester for slaughtering Wedge-tailed Eagles. It is unlikely that Silvester
will kill native birds again.
As a criminal could he now be deported?
How much publicity did the magistrates decision attract ? Apart from
Birding-aus I neither saw nor heard anything about it in the National media or
elsewhere. From the Conservation view the jailing decision ought to be
broadcast far and wide. Much more so than the prolonged outcry over culling
six sharks in the Whitsundays. Wedgies are a much more visible and iconic
native than Tiger Sharks.
Like genital mutilation and other unsavoury practices a small number of
immigrants bring to Australia, shooting or otherwise killing our native fauna
warrants zero tolerance, in Public Opinion and the Courts. Not that Australian
born fauna killers are guiltless. Publicising the penalties would help a lot to
minimise the killing.
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