Penalties for eagles slaughter don’t reflect community values (ABC Country Breakfast)

By September 29, 2018 May 27th, 2019 In the media, Legal Protection for Nature

Calls for tougher penalties for wildlife injuries

Environmentalists are calling for tougher penalties for people who kill or injure protected wildlife.

It comes after a New Zealand man was jailed for two weeks and fined two-and-half-thousand dollars for poisoning more than 400 wedge-tailed eagles in eastern Victoria.

59 year old farm worker Murray James Silvester pleaded guilty to killing the protected birds at Tubbut in east Gippsland between October 2016 and April 2018.

The eagle carcasses were found hidden in bush and scrub on three separate farms spanning 2,000 hectares

Defence lawyer Keith Borthwick told the court Silvester’s employer played a role in the eagle deaths.

He said Silvester was under pressure to increase lamb survival rates.

Environment Justice Australia CEO Brendan Sydes says the maximum penalties need to be increased, to reflect community values.

This story was broadcast by ABC Country Breakfast on 29 September 2018.

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