Tough on wildlife killers
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.