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    Norwegians' NZ hunting video - shooting protected wildlife



    Five Norwegian men who shot New Zealand wildlife were today ducking for cover as a row continued over their YouTube video of protected kereru being slaughtered.
    The men last night stripped the clips from the internet as the controversy spread to their homeland.
    But other copies of the clip are still attracting a torrent of condemnation, and now authorities in the men's home country are talking about the potential for them to be prosecuted for killing endangered wildlife while overseas.
    The Norwegians spent the New Zealand summer travelling around trout streams and hunting, then returned home to post a video compilation of their trip's highlights, apparently with hopes to return and make a longer video on fly fishing in the South Island.

    But after three days their clip of a rifleman shooting at a kereru, the bird falling from a tree, and film of one of the tourists holding two dead, bloody birds had attracted over 400 scathing comments, with significant criticism from other Norwegians shamed by their behaviour.
    Department of Conservation spokesman Reuben Williams said the kereru was an absolutely protected species under the Wildlife Act.
    The maximum penalty for killing such protected wildlife is a $100,000 fine and up to a year in jail.
    Conservation Minister Kate Wilkinson said she was "absolutely outraged" by the clip, which also showed the tourists shooting a paradise shelduck.
    Paradise ducks can only legally be hunted with licence and a shotgun during the shooting season starting in May. Illegal hunting can bring a fine of up to $5000.
    The YouTube video also had footage of a Fox Glacier helicopter pilot carrying the men on a West Coast hunting trip, where they shot tahr.
    Wildlife enforcement officials are understood to have sought from the helicopter company and the pilot information to identify the men.
    On the east coast of the South Island they shot wallabies and a hare.
    Hans Tore Hoviskeland, a senior public prosecutor at the Norwegian National Authority for Investigation and Prosecution of Economic and Environmental Crime (Okokrim) told the nation's biggest newspaper, Aftenposten, that if the men had shot protected animals in New Zealand, "it is very regrettable".
    "The way I see it, they can also be prosecuted in criminal proceedings in Norway," he said.
    "We will do further research to see what has happened in the case".
    Mr Hoviskeland said Norwegians convicted of hunting protected endangered wildlife may be liable under the Norwegian penal code to up to six years in jail.


    Source: New Zealand Herald Kereru-shooting video sparks outrage - National - NZ Herald News

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    Dickheads like that give hunters a bad name.

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    Quote Originally Posted by genghis61 View Post
    then returned home to post a video compilation of their trip's highlights, apparently with hopes to return and make a longer video on fly fishing in the South Island.
    I am sure they will be welcomed back with open arms.

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    Seal clubbing just isn't as much fun anymore.

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    I'm sure it was for medical research though.

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    Wildlife enforcement officials have identified the Norwegians suspected of having been involved in slaughtering protected native kereru in New Zealand.
    "We have the full names and return travel details of all five persons related to the video clips," said Department of Conservation senior communications adviser Reuben Williams.
    The kereru is an absolutely protected species under the Wildlife Act and Mr Williams said yesterday that the department was "outraged at the content of the video".

    The maximum penalty for killing such protected wildlife is a $100,000 fine and up to a year in jail.
    But the Norwegian penal code is harsher. It provides for up to six years' jail for people convicted of wilfully or through gross negligence reducing a natural population of protected wildlife, in Norway or overseas.
    DoC will be initially pursuing the Norwegians through an international treaty Cites (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) to which both countries are signatories.


    Source: DoC on track of Norwegian kereru killers - National - NZ Herald News
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    Quote Originally Posted by genghis61 View Post
    But the Norwegian penal code is harsher. It provides for up to six years' jail for people convicted of wilfully or through gross negligence reducing a natural population of protected wildlife, in Norway or overseas.
    What's Norwegian for "rutt-roh"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by robuzo View Post
    What's Norwegian for "rutt-roh"?
    'Rütt-röh běrgěn-směrgěn'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AntRobertson View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by robuzo View Post
    What's Norwegian for "rutt-roh"?
    'Rütt-röh běrgěn-směrgěn'.
    The first part looks almost right- maybe "rütt-røh"

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    The birds obviously asked for it. Dirty sluts.

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