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Swedish Hunter Sentenced For Catching Almost 14,000 Wild Birds

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October 17, 2011

Swedish Hunter Sentenced For Catching Almost 14,000 Wild Birds

By Chad Love

Here's one from the "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest - And Right Into a Net" files: A Swedish man was just sentenced to almost two years in jail for-- catching wild birds? Yep, almost 14,000 of them, according to his meticulous records.

From this story on thelocal.se:

The 40-year-old Swedish bird enthusiast who caught more than 13,000 wild birds was sentenced on Monday to 18 months in prison for aggravated hunting crimes, animal cruelty, and violating Sweden's protected species laws. "The verdict is clear and states that a serious crime has been committed.

It also shows that a serious crime leads to a serious sentence," said prosecutor Christer Jarlås, who had argued for 2 years in prison. According to Jarlås, the man's aviary obsession began as a simple hobby before spiralling out of control. He argued the man should be sentenced to two years in prison. ”That is the penalty for this kind of aggravated crimes,” said Jarlås to news agency TT prior to the verdict. The 40-year-old is believed to have been hunting and catching birds since January 2005 until being caught in June 2010. He is also suspected of taking eggs and baby birds from nests. The man kept an extensive database which included notes of the 13,983 birds and eggs collected.

The man's defence lawyer Thomas Martinsson said his client admitted to hunting and protected species crimes, but that he feels the violations shouldn't be considered severe. In most cases he released the birds after a short time. And one of the reasons behind catching the animals was that he wanted to save injured birds. ”It was simply a hobby that got out of hand,” said Martinsson to TT.

A hobby that just got out of hand? Collecting Beanie Babies was a hobby that got out of hand. This dude is in serious need of a visit from Nurse Ratched...

 

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from FOX wrote 2 years 26 weeks ago

Unless you’re a vet you should let injured animals alone. You can often do more harm than good by interfering with nature. And by the way a hobby might be photographing over 1400 birds not catching them.

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from Steward wrote 2 years 26 weeks ago

I don't know...I'd be more upset if he were killing them, selling them to collectors, etc. But Catch and Release...?

But I'll agree, that a "serious crime" needs a "serious sentence."

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from ingebrigtsen wrote 2 years 26 weeks ago

well considering skandinavian laws protects people more than animals that sentence is harsh as such.. do u guys really consider yourself above us by protecting wildlife more than human life?? how about signing on to the hague convention and outlawing the M855A1 as an expanding round in breach with the hague convention?? just my two cents......

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from jcarlin wrote 2 years 26 weeks ago

Are you gentlemen actually buying the mercy aspect of it?
There are dove hunting guides out there who haven't seen 14,000 injured birds. I find it hard to beleive that he found, in the wild, 13K+ birds that were injured and not already found by something with a sharper sense of smell and hearing.

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from Steward wrote 2 years 26 weeks ago

ingebrigtsen: Your comment is a bit off-topic. You may need to expand on your criticism if you expect anybody to understand what you are talking about.

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from GERG wrote 2 years 26 weeks ago

Dude has issues.Wonder what his ultimate goal was? Wouldnt mind seein more about this. Just the wierdness factor fascinates me.

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from FOX wrote 2 years 26 weeks ago

Unless you’re a vet you should let injured animals alone. You can often do more harm than good by interfering with nature. And by the way a hobby might be photographing over 1400 birds not catching them.

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from Steward wrote 2 years 26 weeks ago

I don't know...I'd be more upset if he were killing them, selling them to collectors, etc. But Catch and Release...?

But I'll agree, that a "serious crime" needs a "serious sentence."

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from jcarlin wrote 2 years 26 weeks ago

Are you gentlemen actually buying the mercy aspect of it?
There are dove hunting guides out there who haven't seen 14,000 injured birds. I find it hard to beleive that he found, in the wild, 13K+ birds that were injured and not already found by something with a sharper sense of smell and hearing.

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from Steward wrote 2 years 26 weeks ago

ingebrigtsen: Your comment is a bit off-topic. You may need to expand on your criticism if you expect anybody to understand what you are talking about.

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from GERG wrote 2 years 26 weeks ago

Dude has issues.Wonder what his ultimate goal was? Wouldnt mind seein more about this. Just the wierdness factor fascinates me.

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from ingebrigtsen wrote 2 years 26 weeks ago

well considering skandinavian laws protects people more than animals that sentence is harsh as such.. do u guys really consider yourself above us by protecting wildlife more than human life?? how about signing on to the hague convention and outlawing the M855A1 as an expanding round in breach with the hague convention?? just my two cents......

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