The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission announced the arrests of four men from Miami-Dade County, all of whom have been charged with illegal possession of migratory birds. One of the dirtbags was a repeat offender who could face enhanced penalties. Released into the wild were twenty birds, mostly Painted Buntings and Indigo Buntings, but including one Northern Cardinal.
“These birds do not belong in captivity; they belong in their natural habitats to proliferate and continue the species,” said FWC Lt. Jay Marvin. “The public should be aware that trapping, possessing, buying and/or selling these birds is a violation of state and federal laws and can result in hefty fines and possible jail time.”
Isn’t the pet trade grand?