Email requesting feathers

To: "Paul McDonald" <>, <>, "Birding-Aus Birding-Aus" <>
Subject: Email requesting feathers
From: "Greg & Val Clancy" <>
Date: Thu, 12 Feb 2009 19:11:51 +1100
The point of the law is, as Paul has stated, to be able to prosecute people illegally catching or killing birds. To leave out the holding of a feather would create a loophole that could allow a suspect to escape on a technicality. A feather may be a critical factor in proving that a crime was committed.

Wildlife rangers/law enforcement officers are most unlikely to prosecute someone for the possession of feathers that were casually picked up on the ground or from caged birds. Technically it is illegal to have these feathers but unless the officer suspects a person to be harming or catching birds prosecution would be futile. The case cited of a ranger threatening people for looking at a dead snake seem extraordinary, and if true, would be a gross over reaction on the ranger's part.

I know of no cases where people have been prosecuted for holding feathers that they have found.

So, I think that people are over-reacting to a law that is there to help protect our wild birds but isn't intended to catch innocent birdlovers who have picked up some moulted feathers.

Greg Clancy

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