Threatened species and the OBP

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Subject: Threatened species and the OBP
From: Simon Mustoe <>
Date: Fri, 7 Dec 2012 16:20:43 +1100
You're absolutely right of course. I think like you say, it's an insidious 
threat. It's mentioned enough to make people scared and there are sadly 
instances where the authorities do decide to claim a scalp - the serious 
intentions regarding these teenagers and the whale are an example. You could be 
next ... !
I think we have an over-zealous bureaucracy full of people who take the 'letter 
of the law' into their own hands instead of leaving it to the lawyers. At the 
same time, our regulations have started to include the punitive measures that 
we're all familar with for driving offences and the like but often the control 
in environmental offences rests with people who are not trained in policing.  
There is an ongoing debate about the pros and cons of such tactics - it saves 
money and acts as a disincentive but in my humble opinion, many of these things 
are taken too far. For instance, I hopped a fence a few years back to check out 
a dragonfly and was promptly charged and fined $250 by a parks representative. 
Whilst they were just 'doing their job', they area allowed to use best 
judgement but most choose not to. 


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> From: 
> To: ; ; 
> ; 
> Date: Thu, 6 Dec 2012 13:13:22 +1100
> Subject: RE: [Birding-Aus] Threatened species and the OBP
> I assume that this policy that you can't even pick up a shell or feather is 
> intended to simplify prosecution of those who kill animals for their 
> feathers, skins, teeth, etc. Can anyone please verify that?
> I've often heard stories (mainly here) of people being threatened like this, 
> but are the threats ever carried out when it's obvious there's not really 
> anything untoward going on?
> Peter Shute
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From:  
> >  On Behalf Of 
> > Denise Goodfellow
> > Sent: Thursday, 6 December 2012 12:06 PM
> > To: Simon Mustoe; ; Birding Aus
> > Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Threatened species and the OBP
> > The next day a senior ranger, whose son happened to be in 
> > Rowan's class, rang.  He had two messages for me: a)  It was 
> > the Conservation Commission's job to teach kids about snakes, 
> > and b) I had broken the law in handling the dead animals, and 
> > I could be prosecuted.

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