Prosecute Accused Penguin Thieves

Target: The Honourable Elise Archer, Attorney General of Tasmania

Goal: Punish men charged with penguin and egg theft.

Two Tasmanian men were charged with stealing a penguin and two eggs from a breeding colony. Reports state that the police arrived before they could escape with their spoils, though there is no word on whether or not the men will face court time for their alleged actions.

Wildlife theft is a serious offense, especially that of protected wildlife. The motivation of the thieves is yet unknown, but their alleged attempts alone are bad enough. Theft of a bird is cruel enough, but their eggs are even more valuable, as the hatchlings are vital to keeping the species’ numbers near any sense of stability. We must consider the very real possibility that these vulnerable creatures were meant to be sold on the black market’s wildlife trade, as has been the case with too many animal thefts in the past.

It is extremely fortunate that the accused thieves were caught before any serious harm could come to the penguin and the eggs, but charges alone are not enough. These men must be prosecuted to the full extent of the law to discourage future thefts or attempted thefts. Sign this petition to see that justice is served.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Attorney General Archer,

Two men were recently arrested on charges of wildlife theft after allegedly breaking into a penguin breeding colony and taking a penguin, as well as two eggs. Their motivations have yet to be made public, but it is all too possible that they intended to sell the creature and the eggs as part of the wildlife trade.

You must ensure that these men have all applicable charges brought against them. Wildlife theft is a serious offense, and while this particular penguin and eggs were fortunate enough to be returned before any major harm could come to them, past incidents have not ended so well. Make examples of these men, and discourage any future attempts to kidnap protected wildlife species.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: JJ Harrison

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7 Comments

  1. Gabriela Torres says:

    Dear Attorney General Archer –
    Please ensure that those ‘thieves’ have all applicable charges brought against them and are prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
    Warning signs should be posted indicating fines and jail time that apply to discourage law offenders
    Thank you!

  2. Apply all charges to them and make sure that they are to serve a prison term for each charge consecutively. They should serve a minimum term of 30 years each.

  3. William Chivers says:

    I feel sorry for poor innocent penguins being abducted liek that.

    I absolutely can’t believe anyone would do such A Dreaful thing to such por innocent yet endangered arctic creatures.

    I support the idea of this petition, On Penguin Thieves being Prosecuted… let alone make Penguin Theft, A rather serious criminal offence.

  4. Instigation of the death penalty is an essential requirement for these deranged animal abusing bastards.I am ready,willing and able to help perform this procedure.Prison is not adequate.

  5. Kathleen I Nagy-DeRosa says:

    If the punishments don’t become more stringent, these crimes against animals will persist. Today is a great day to start!

  6. Life in prison!! No question

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