Monday, February 12, 2007

Justice for endangered species

In Oregon, criminals convicted of wildlife statutes often pay financial restitution as part of their sentences. Those payments now go into the state's Endangered Species Justice Fund, created by the Oregon Zoo in Portland, the U.S. Attorney's Office and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

The money will work on behalf of endangered and threatened species, with the initial payments coming from the prosecution of a national conspiracy to sell ocelots illegally. The justice fund aims to decrease the harm caused by wildlife crimes prosecuted in the Beaver State, and grants will fund programs that protect and support at-risk wildlife along with programs that focus on illegal trafficking and sale of endangered and threatened species.

Does a similar program exist in your state?


Blogger Susan Gets Native said...

We have something sort of like that.
I am not knowledgeable of the specific law, but our raptor center got a large chunk of money when a company was negligent and poured chemicals and animal fasts into a creek near us. One of their punishments was to give X amount of money to conservation organizations, like us.
And I say, "DAMN SKIPPY!"

February 12, 2007 6:32 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

LOL! Precisely.

February 12, 2007 6:38 PM  

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