Email requesting feathers.

To: Elizabeth Shaw <>, Birding Aus <>
Subject: Email requesting feathers.
From: Peter Shute <>
Date: Sat, 7 Feb 2009 10:52:56 +1100
I think you're correct, but I don't know for sure.  I assume lots of people 
keep feathers they find, and I doubt anything would come of it, but I'm 
guessing that posting them overseas might be illegal in itself, and more likely 
to be detected.  His own country might have laws about importing stuff like 
that too.

Maybe he could settle for collecting photos of feathers.

Peter Shute

From:   On 
Behalf Of Elizabeth Shaw 
Sent: Saturday, 7 February 2009 10:33 AM
To: Birding Aus
Subject: Email  requesting feathers.

Hi Everyone,
I received an email through Birding Pals this morning which concerned me 
considerably.  I have included his request and my reply to alert others and 
verify what I have told him is correct.  It is what I understand to be right in 
Victoria at least.

Dear Srdjan,
Thank you for your enquiry about collecting bird feathers.  In Australia, or at 
least Victoria, where I live, it is illegal to collect any part of a bird 
including feathers.  All native birds in Australia are protected under the law. 
 It is illegal to kill the birds, collect eggs, feathers or any other part of a 
bird unless you have a permit for scientific purposes.
Therefore I will not send you any feathers and encourage you to not ask for 
them from anyone else in Australia, as it will encourage them to break the law.
Yours sincerely
Elizabeth Shaw
Phillip Island

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