wedgetail jail and fine

To: michael hunter <>
Subject: wedgetail jail and fine
From: David Clark <>
Date: Tue, 25 Sep 2018 14:50:27 +1000

The sentence, and the impact of the slaughter, has been featured extensively on 
the ABC Melbourne news today.

Jon Faine discussed the matter with a caller and pointed out that it is almost 
unheard of for magistrates to give custodial sentences to offenders who do not 
have a criminal record.

The magistrate did make a comment about Silvester being back in New Zealand so 
I expect deportation is likely.



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> On 25 Sep 2018, at 1:38 pm, michael hunter <> wrote:
> 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.
>                                               Very Sincerely
>                                                         Michael
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