Jail for man convicted of persecuting raptors – not in Scotland, obviously

Take note, Scottish sheriffs. Here is an example of how to deal with a wildlife criminal who persecutes birds of prey.

Today, convicted wildlife criminal Jeffrey Lendrum was sentenced to 2.5 years in prison by Judge Christopher Hodson at Warwick Crown Court, England. He had been arrested in May at Birmingham International Airport when he was found to have 14 peregrine eggs wrapped in socks and strapped to his body. The eggs had been stolen from four separate nests in South Wales. Investigators believe they were stolen to order for an Arab falconer in Dubai.

During sentencing, Judge Hodson said: “These were eggs you had removed from the wild in Wales and you would have reduced the number of these high-level endangered species in the wild, birds which enhance the attraction of the countryside to all. I quote the words of a Lord Justice of Appeal (Lord Justice Sedley) when he says, ‘environmental crime, if established, strikes not only at a locality and its population but in some measure to the planet and its future’. Nobody should be allowed to doubt its seriousness or to forget that one side of the environmental story is always untold‘. I adopt these words to express the gravity of what you did.”

The court was also told that Lendrum had previous convictions for similar offences in Zimbabwe and Canada. Of the 14 eggs stolen in this case, 12 chicks hatched and 11 survived. 7 of these were fostered into nests in southern Scotland and 4 were reared and released in England.

BBC news story: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-11024315

3 Responses to “Jail for man convicted of persecuting raptors – not in Scotland, obviously”

  1. 1 nirofo
    August 19, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    I must say I am totally amazed at this result, are you sure it isn’t just a hoax. An English judge with a conscience for the welfare of the environment is unprecedented and should be applauded by everyone. I wait to see if this is the beginning of a trend or just a one off, I may have to wait a long time !!!

    I honestly can’t see this happening in Scotland where wildlife crime is rampant and out of control, too many sheriffs, judges, chief constables, MSP’s and other persons in high positions, all with vested interests in the shooting estates remaining at status quo to allow this to happen.


  2. 2 Dave Dick
    August 24, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    How soon we forget..

    In the early 90s there were several cases like this, with foreign nationals [Germans usually] and UK residents caught either taking, smuggling or dealing in peregrines and/or golden eagles…..

    Several were jailed – one man for 18 months…and the others got huge fines…

    Also…several eggshell thieves have now received jail sentences …in England…

    Im only aware of one gamekeeper being jailed – and that was for massive numbers of badgers killed on an estate shoot in Cumbria…and none jailed for poisoning, although there have been many caught and fined for that…

    Strange, isnt it!?

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