A 24 year old Danish student tourist, Rasmus Zetner was fined $10,000 by Judge Brian Callaghan in the Christchurch Court on 5th May for killing a Whio duck, an endangered species, in South Westland on 9 March 2016.
Under the Wildlife Act 1953, the Whio duck is an absolutely protected species. Its killing is a serious crime. On conviction the offender may be fined up to $100,000, or imprisoned for up to two years. This crime was considered important news and was given extensive coverage by the media all over New Zealand.
Right to Life asks why is a Whio duck given absolute legal protection for its right to life, while the unborn child’s right to life is given no legal protection at all?
It is certainly important that we have legislation protecting the right to life of endangered species but Right to Life questions why our nation is prepared to legislate for absolute protection of a species of duck, yet is not prepared to give protection to the lives of our unborn children. We as taxpayers contribute to paying for the abortion of thousands of our own unborn children as a public health ‘service’ every year. It is a very sad commentary and an indictment on our society, that the killing of a Whio duck incurs the full weight of the law and the wrath of the court and the community while at the same time an estimated 36 children in the womb are deprived of their life each and every day in New Zealand. Not only so but these acts of brutality are carried out with the full permission of and funding by Parliament, government, the community and the silence of the Churches.
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