The Eagle Slaughterers

See the orginal CBC news report here

~ UPDATED ~

To say that the punishments being handed out for these crimes is disappointing would seriously be understating it… Fines all under $2500? Ban for possession of animal parts for "3" years?
That’ll teach them.

I think maybe that those in the justice system out there partake a bit too much in smoking of B.C.’s finest crop or maybe they are just that inept in the performance of their duties. Either way it is a disgusting demonstration at the useless ability of our justice system to protect our environment.

Given that so many have witnessed (10 Million hits on the webcam site) how precarious that life is for the Bald Eagle, I hope that more people can grasp and feel the outrage and anger for what has been happening with the poaching of these magnificant animals.


Government of British Columbia: EAGLE POACHING INVESTIGATION RESULTS IN CHARGES

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA — (MARKET WIRE) — 04/29/2006 — After a 15-month investigation by British Columbia’s Conservation Officer Service (COS), charges have now been laid against 11 individuals for possession and trafficking in dead wildlife:

James Carl JOSEPH of Vancouver:

has been charged with a total of 21 counts alleging unlawful possession of dead wildlife, trafficking in dead wildlife and unlawful export of wildlife. First appearance is June 15 in Surrey Provincial Court.

Gary ABBOTT of Chilliwack:

has been charged with a total of eight counts alleging unlawful possession of dead wildlife and trafficking in dead wildlife. First appearance is June 20 in Chilliwack Provincial Court.

Ralph LEON of Chehalis:

has been charged with a total of 10 counts alleging unlawful possession of dead wildlife and trafficking in dead wildlife. First appearance is June 20 in Chilliwack Provincial Court.

Reynold COLLINS of Chilliwack: GUILTY!!!!!!!

Fined a total of $1,450 in penalties

David Essary BILL of Sidney:

Has been charged with a total of eight counts alleging unlawful possession of dead wildlife and trafficking in dead wildlife.

Wesley FRANCIS of Chehalis: GUILTY!!!!!!!

Wesley Francis was sentenced to 45 days in jail, and ordered to pay penalties of $2,800 after pleading guilty to two counts of trafficking in eagle parts, an offence under the provincial Wildlife Act. Prohibited from possessing any eagles, hawks or owls for three years.

Thomas Lawrence SHAW of Chehalis: GUILTY!!!!!!!

Thomas Lawrence Shaw pleaded guilty to one count of trafficking in eagle parts and was sentenced to 20 days in jail, and fined $1,850. Prohibited from possessing any eagles, hawks or owls for three years.

Francis JAMES of Vancouver:

Has been charged with a total of four counts alleging unlawful possession of dead wildlife and trafficking in dead wildlife.

William Michael VISSER of Langley:

Has been charged with a total of eight counts alleging unlawful possession of dead wildlife and trafficking in dead wildlife. First appearance June 22 is Chilliwack Provincial Court.

Jerome Richard SEYMOUR of Duncan:

Has been charged with a total of 27 counts alleging unlawful possession of dead wildlife, hunting wildlife during the closed season and trafficking in dead wildlife. First appearance is June 19 in Duncan Provincial Court.

William Arthur SEYMOUR of Brentwood Bay:

Has been charged with a total five counts alleging unlawful possession of dead wildlife, hunting wildlife during the closed season and trafficking in dead wildlife. First appearance is June 19 in Duncan Provincial Court.

The investigation began in February 2005 when the remains of 50 eagles were found in North Vancouver. The Conservation Officer Service undertook the investigation with support from the Canadian Wildlife Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the RCM police, Vancouver Police Department and agencies in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario.

The Conservation Officer Service wishes to acknowledge the support received from the Tseil-Waututh First Nation and Squamish First Nation, as well as the public who provided numerous tips that aided the investigation.

Under the Province’s Wildlife Act, penalties for poaching can be as high as $50,000 for a first offence or a term of imprisonment not exceeding six months, or both for each count. Penalties for trafficking eagle parts can be as high at $100,000 for a first offence or a term of imprisonment not exceeding one year, or both for each count.

Under federal legislation for illegal export, penalties under the Wild Animal and Plant Protection and Regulation of the International and Interprovincial Trade Act can be as high as $150,000 and accompany up to five years imprisonment.

The unregulated harvest of any wildlife population has the potential for causing significant impacts. Anyone with information about this case or any other poaching or polluting violation is urged to contact the Report All Poachers and Polluters hotline at 1-877-952-RAPP (7277). Violations can also be reported to the RAPP website at www.rapp.bc.ca. All tips are confidential.

For more information on government services or to subscribe to the Province’s news feeds using RSS, visit the Province’s website at www.gov.bc.ca.



Contacts:
Government of British Columbia
Lance Sundquist
Regional COS Manager - Conservation Officer Service
(250) 755-6827

http://www.marketwire.com/mw/release_html_b1?release_id=125999

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4 Responses to The Eagle Slaughterers

  1. Francis says:

    So funny how so many non native people can jump on any band wagon & show some type of outrage over what they feel is wrong. What about all our people who were wronged when the white people outlawed our culture? or when they outlawed us speaking our own language??? which we almost lost because priest\’s in your church would beat it out of us for speaking??? or even worse yet sexually assault our young children??? our old people suffered lots because of your church & residential schools!!! What about the thousands of trees off what was oroginaly our land you took for the betterment of our so called society??? Say all you like!!!! feel how you want……remember one thing that if it wasn\’t for our old people who welcomed the people who came over on the mayflower your people would not have survived!!!!!! So funny you can jump on your band wagon & see us for poachers!!!!! when you only read one side of a story……..point the finger at the indian again……..your society of nothing……our culture is every day of our lives……not just on sunday!!!!The truth will come out……..charges will not go through…..the men who plead guilty were scared of the white mens law……..I am not!!!!! the BC Wildlife hase no Juristiction over the First Nations people of BC we are protected under the Indian Act of the Federal Governement of Canada which that will come out!!!!…….so maybe choke on that for a while!!!! Not hiding behind anything……practicing what we have for 100\’s of yrs…..before white men came here………..

  2. Lionel says:

    I was pointing the finger a group of idiots.  Feel free to be included in with them moron.
     

  3. Lionel says:

    My mistake the commenter "Charlie Brown" is none other than one of the accused idiots Francis JAMES of Vancouver.
     
     

  4. Lionel says:

    Sad how somebody will twist anything to fit their own pathetic sense of reality in order to justify simple greed and opportunism.

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