Tough on wildlife killers

Tasmanian Country - - NEWS -

THE State Gov­ern­ment has moved to in­crease penal­ties for killing threat­ened species.

The Gov­ern­ment tabled leg­is­la­tion this week to amend the Threat­ened Species Pro­tec­tion Act 1995 to sig­nif­i­cantly in­crease penal­ties for those who de­lib­er­ately kill threat­ened species in Tas­ma­nia.

The move fol­lows out­rage af­ter the shooting of two threat­ened ea­gles ear­lier this year. The Gov­ern­ment said the change would bring penal­ties more in line with com­mu­nity ex­pec­ta­tions.

The amend­ments will in­crease fines of up to $100,011 and a max­i­mum cus­to­dial sen­tence of up to 12 months in prison.

The cur­rent max­i­mum penalty is a fine of up to $15,900 with no pro­vi­sion for jail time.

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