Originally posted by Samuel Catalino:
Will someone explain to me how you break the law when handling a dead animal? Even if it was an endangered species?
Maybe someone could explain this idiocy to me?
So Sam, you've already decided it's idiocy even though you are asking for an explanation.
I'll give you a potential explanation, although YOU won't find it at all sastisfying, and since I have no intention of digging through Vermont's congressional record in search of legislative intent, it won't rise to your level of proof. Unlike my Halliburton argument, this one is not supported by a plethora of facts.
If you've ever been in the southwest (maybe other parts of the country as well) and been into a truck stop, or trading post, you'd know there is a market for rattlesnake heads and rattles. This gives folks an additional incentive to kill rattlesnakes (although in AZ and NM we never needed anymore incentive than, 'it's something that can kill me so I'll kill it first').
So let's say I'm in the business of supplying endangered species parts to some buyer (there is also a black market for eagle feathers, and I'm sure some people want endangered species just for trophy value). I've killed a snake. Now Joe Law finds me with the dead snake, if it isn't against the law to possess it, and he didn't see me kill it, there's not a whole lot he can do now is there?
So I don't think the law itself is stupid, now if the prosecutor and the cops involved in this case honestly believe the guy merely ran it over with a car, and just carried home the carcass, then they are stupid for prosecuting him, and I hope the case gets laughed out of court.