The Thin Green Line Paperback – 1 Sep 2009
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'Alan Stewart is the foremost wildlife detective in the country' Sporting Rifle Magazine
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The book is split into sections for different counties or regions of the UK, within which are a contained a range of varied cases involving wildlife crime. There is a surprising range of crimes covered, from poaching to egg stealing, bulb theft to environmental damage, raptor persecution to dolphin 'bothering', you name it, and some police officer somewhere in these islands has had to deal with it. There is even the odd story here and there that turns out not to be about a crime but is all in a days work for a WCO, such as the kangaroo reported leaping around Cardiff that turned out to be....well you'll just have to read it.
This is an interesting insight into the breadth of crimes committed against wildlife, and perhaps more importantly the real difficulties that the police have in investigating these crimes. However, it appears that the difficulty in investigating them is dwarfed by the difficulty in prosecuting them and many of the culprits ultimately go free on technicalities, or if found guilty are 'punished' with minimal fines. All in all it seems that the work of the wildlife crime officer, while sometimes exciting may often be a slightly thankless task. The Author recounts all of these stories in a gentle easy to read style, not too technical (in terms of wildlife or the law) and details of cases are clearly explained. This book is suitable for even the most casual of readers as each case is self contained and most are 3 or 4 pages long. I also think that many of the stories would be good for reading by older school kids and I know this a subject often used to engage kids with the police, so teachers take note.
It shows a side of humans that is definitly not humane.
I would recomend this book to everyone.
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The author discusses wildlife crime,its investigation and its prosecution in various areas of the United Kingdom and Ireland and it is surprising how the various elements are treated.Scotland is now leading the way following the anger that erupted after the poisoning of a golden eagle in 2006 with coordinated legal action and investigation.
It is hoped this book will create greater interest in these problems and wake up the sleeping magistrates and sheriffs.
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