Re: NANFA-L-- Follow-Up On Alabama Turtle Poaching Arrests
Tue, 12 Jul 2005 14:31:18 -0500

Moon, I can't help responding to this. Some of the turtles taken were
snappers, and the data on the posting certainly made me think the
poachers were targeting snappers.

Suppose I walk into a bank, make a withdrawal from my account of
several tens of thousands of dollars, which is in the account, is mine,
and it is legal to withdraw. Then, as I pocket the money, I point a
pistol-in-the clerk, and demand more money, this time the bank's and
its other depositors' money. I leave with the money I withdrew, and
with a couple of thousand more that I robbed for.

Should I get a light sentence because much of the money I took from the
bank was legal for me to take?


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----- Original Message -----
Date: Tuesday, July 12, 2005 1:21 pm
Subject: Re: NANFA-L-- Follow-Up On Alabama Turtle Poaching Arrests
> Has everyone forgotten that only a small percentage of the turtles
> involved
> were taken illegally? I made that point when the original post
> came out that it
> was slanted to make it look like all the turtles taken were
> illegal. While I
> don't agree with the taking of endangered turtles from the wild
> lets remember
> that only a small number of turtles involved in this case were
> indeed illegal.
> Possibly that is why the fines were so low?
> Michael
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