Mom Fined After Girl Saves Baby Bird
August 2, 2011 by Post Team
Mom Fined After Girl Saves Baby Bird, If a nation can be judged by how they treat their animals – does the same applies to the way that rewards those who treat them well? When 11-year-old Skylar Fredericksberg Capo, Virginia, saw an abandoned baby woodpecker in the yard of her father and threatens to eat a cat, she did what any good-hearted boy who wants to be a veteran to do:
she rescued. With her mother picking up soon, Skylar decided it would be best to release the bird at home. But before they reached home, her mother SAMARATE well and were stopped by a wildlife officer and hit a fine 535 and ‘transport’ the migratory birds.
Skylar After the birds rescued from certain death, she and her mother Alison went home for release, but not before making a brief stop in a shop local home improvement. Since it was a hot day, the boy decided to take the bird inside the store with her instead of leaving it in the car. While inside, the capos were confronted by an agent of the Virginia Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, who, seeing the bird to her office, said that the possession was illegal under the Federal Migratory Bird.
He told the officer what happened to the bird, and said they were on their way back to freedom. This sweet story, but otherwise unremarkable animal rescue could have ended there – but, according to a report in The Examiner, which soon took a turn for the unbelievable:
[Alison and Skylar] assumed the matter was resolved two weeks later when the same officer appeared at her door, is accompanied by a police state. Alison Capo, Skylar’s mother, was slapped with a fine and 535 and warned it could face jail for violating the Federal Migratory Birds, which makes it unlawful for any person to take, possess, import, export, transport sell, purchase, barter, or offer for sale, purchase or barter, any migratory bird, or parts, nests or eggs of a bird, except under the terms of a permit issued in accordance with federal regulations.
By law, Alison could face up to one year in prison for good deed of her son.
Instead of punishing Skylar and Alison of what could have been a violation of the letter of law, human responsibility to 11 years old and her mother must be recognized for their contribution to the spirit of the law. Unfortunately perhaps, the gentle instincts of a child to rescue a helpless creature that can not be pushed to others through a legislative decree – but one should never be used to suppress it.
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