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    Couple Faces Jail Time for Saving Baby Deer's Life (VIDEO)

    An Indiana couple is facing up to 60 days in jail and $2,000 in fines for saving a deer from death. Jeff Counceller, a police officer, and his wife Jennifer spotted an injured baby deer on their neighbor’s porch. Instead of turning a blind eye to the dying fawn, the … More

    A Bird-Brained Use of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act

    Do you own a home with large windows? Is there a cat that you let out in your backyard?  If so, then you might just wind up violating the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA), if the federal government’s interpretation of the Act is allowed to stand. The 1918 law was … More

    Overcriminalization Victimizes Animal-Loving 11-Year-Old and Her Mother

    Last month, a hyper-aggressive U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agent, accompanied by a Virginia state trooper, arrived at Alison Capo’s door to announce that our friendly federal government intended to make her a federal criminal. The reason? Alison’s daughter Skylar rescued a woodpecker from being eaten by a cat. The … More