78-Year-Old Suspected of Capturing 22 Wild Birds with Traps and Breeding Them “Because They Were So Cute”
TOKYO – On March 31, the Metropolitan Police Department’s Hikarigaoka Police Station sent an unemployed man, 78, from Nerima Ward, Tokyo, to prosecutors on suspicion of violating the Bird and Wildlife Protection Law by illegally breeding wild birds such as white-eyes and mallards.
He admitted to the charges, saying, “I knew I shouldn’t catch wild birds that live in Japan, but I caught them because they are cute.”
According to the charges, between September 2020 and January 2010, he set traps with food in the cages in his yard and captured a total of 22 birds, including 17 Japanese white-eye, two black-faced bunting, as well as one Eurasian bullfinch, varied tit and red-flanked bluetail and kept them at home.
According to the Hikarigaoka Police Station, it was discovered in December 2009 by a police officer who happened to be passing by and noticed the white-eye’s call. According to the Hikarigaoka Police Department, the bird was discovered in December 2009 by a police officer who happened to be passing by.
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