Repeat offender gets away with “reduced” fine, says CABS

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Repeat offender gets away with “reduced” fine, says CABS

Police officers with confiscated nets – Photo by CABS

A poacher was today found guilty at the law court in Valletta, of illegally trapping songbirds near Buskett in March 2017.

The Committee Against Bird Slaughter, in a statement said that he was fined €1,200 Euros and had his trapping license revoked for one year.

CABS, whose volunteers reported the case to the police, criticised the court for “not taking into account that the man had a prior conviction for illegal bird trapping back in 2015.”

CABS added that he had then been filmed by one of its teams and was later handed a €1000 fine and a two year suspension of his license.

CABS Press Officer Axel Hirschfeld remarked, “unfortunately the court missed the opportunity to deter others from poaching and instead send out the message that the more convictions you have the milder you will be punished.”

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