In the beginning of things men were animals and animals men. ~ Algonquin saying

"For instance, on the planet Earth, man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much — the wheel, New York, wars and so on — whilst all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But conversely, the dolphins had always believed that they were far more intelligent than man — for precisely the same reasons." ~ The Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Woodpecker-Saving Girl's Mother Gets Fined $500 |

Another Kafka like episode in bureaucracies gone mad; this time a woman is fined, and faces a jail term, because her daughter wanted to save a woodpecker:Woodpecker-Saving Girl's Mother Gets Fined $500 | wusa9.comConfronted by someone from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service while inside a store with said bird, they were told what having the bird was illegal. So mother and daughter later release bird:
So as soon as the Capo family returned home, they say they opened the cage, the bird flew away, and they reported it to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

"They said that's great, that's exactly what we want to see," said Capo. "We thought that we had done everything that we could possibly do."

But roughly two weeks later, that same woman from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service showed up at Capo's front door. This time, Capo says the woman was accompanied by a state trooper. Capo refused to accept a citation, but was later mailed a notice to appear in U.S. District Court for unlawfully taking a migratory bird. She's also been slapped with a $535 fine.

That wasn't good enough, for the authority later showed up at Capo's door, with a state trooper, and attempted to give Capo a citation, which was refused, but she later received one in the mail. The agency later rescinded the citation and presumably, all charges are dropped. It's not clear from the article if that means Capo didn't have to pay the fine, but I think she did have to.

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