Conservationists yesterday slammed the “pathetic” fine imposed on a Philippine farmer who shot and ate one of the world’s rarest eagles, saying it could embolden other hunters.
In the first case brought under the country’s 2001 Wildlife Act, Bryan Balaon, 26, was fined P100,000 ($2,300), Philippine Eagle Foundation president Dennis Salvador said.
“We find the fine pathetic. He got off with a slap on the wrist,” Salvador told Agence France Presse.
The fine handed down by a court Wednesday could encourage those who hunt the eagle for sport or collect it as a trophy, he said..... MORE
Source: The Daily Tribune