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Chasing moose in a truck results in heavy fines

August 5, 2014 baytoday.ca

Chasing a moose to death has resulted in hefty fines for a pair of local residents.

According to the MNRF, two West Nipissing residents have been found guilty of unlawfully hunting a bull moose, and using a vehicle to pursue the animal following complaints about a YouTube video of the incident. Cory Crowder was fined $2,000 and Stephanie Pellerin was fined $1,500.

Court heard that in October 2013, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry received complaints from the public about a video posted on YouTube.

The video, taken by Stephanie Pellerin from inside the vehicle on the night of October 10, 2013, clearly showed the vehicle pursuing the moose while Crowder was driving. The moose was visibly distressed. The animal was chased off the Smokey Creek Bridge where it jumped, and died of its injuries.

Crowder later returned with a friend to retrieve the moose. In addition to the fines, Crowder and Pellerin were ordered to destroy all copies of the video filmed on the night of the offence and remove all related Internet postings.
Justice of the Peace
Michael Kitlar heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice, North Bay, on July 16.

Comment: What disgusting, pathetic, bullying lowlifes. The punishment meted out by the courts never fits the crime. $2000.00 & $1500.00 respectively are not “hefty” fines. Really, we need more people taking matters into their own hands, sending a strong message that this behaviour is unacceptable. The legal system is expected to respond to changing values and concerns within society. It does not lead.

Active Cruelty (Acts of Commission)

Implies malicious intent, where a person has deliberately and intentionally caused harm to an animal, and is sometimes referred to as NAI (Non-Accidental Injury). Acts of intentional cruelty are often some of the most disturbing and should be considered signs of serious psychological problems. This type of behavior is often associated with sociopathic behavior and should be taken very seriously.

Passive Cruelty (Acts of Omission)

Passive cruelty is typified by cases of neglect, where the crime is a lack of action rather than the action itself — however do not let the terminology fool you. Severe animal neglect can cause incredible pain and suffering to an animal.

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