Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Penguin Killer Baines Gets Away With Murder!

Penguin killer fined

Posted Tue Feb 10, 2009 4:30pm AEDT

A southern Tasmanian man has been fined for killing a penguin that bit him.

Russell Stanley Baines pleaded guilty in the Hobart Magistrates Court to doing an act that resulted in the death of an animal.

The 29 year old was at Bicheno on Tasmania's east coast in October last year and picked up a wild penguin but became enraged when it bit him. Baines killed the bird by throwing a rock at it.

Magistrate Glenn Hay recorded a conviction and fined Baines $630.

Birds Tasmania Chairman Eric Woehler is disappointed with the punishment. "$630 for killing a protected species is insufficent," he said.

Story courtesy of ABC Australia @


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