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aibu to think they knew stealing two swans from the park to eat is illegal?

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inneedofsomehelpplz Sat 07-Sep-13 08:24:54

watched emergency animal rescue & the rspca were called as two men were seen taking two swans home from the park - the rspca went to the house & eventually someone turned up to translate. they stated that they bought birds to release in the park for their kids to play with. so why was there a swans head in the bin along with feathers & poor swans were cooking in a pot. if they didnt think theyd doneanything wrong, why lie?

swans are amazing creatures & aibu to think that they shouldve been arrested & charged?

SanityClause Sat 07-Sep-13 08:33:52

It doesn't matter if they knew it or not. Ignorance of the law is no defence.

Having said that, my grandfather was a £10 Pom. He went to Australia, because he was fed up with the UK. He lived with his widowed mother and they had a small patch of garden on the land rented from a member of the local gentry. He shot a pheasant which was eating the vegetables he had tended to help feed his mother and siblings. This was poaching, as the pheasant was shot on the landlord's land.

He couldn't afford to pay the fine, and was jailed for 2 weeks. The local vicar came round to tell him what a terrible thing he had done.

So, what was more important, in your opinion, OP? The pretty bird, or the hungry people?

EmpireBiscuit Sat 07-Sep-13 08:35:24

Do all swans not belong to the queen? Or some equally odd rule.

phantomhairpuller Sat 07-Sep-13 08:38:15

I thought it was illegal to kill swans as they all belong to the queen. Or something like that?

SanityClause Sat 07-Sep-13 08:41:39

Not all swans belong to the queen. There is a bizarre ritual every year, where swans are tagged to show that they belong to one of three parties, one of which is the queen. No one else has the right to participate in this ritual, so you can't have your own swan.

I'd google it, but I'm just not that interested. wink

HorryIsUpduffed Sat 07-Sep-13 08:46:41

I think untagged swans don't belong to anyone.

I'm glad I'm not so desperate for food to chase a fucking swan though.

hettienne Sat 07-Sep-13 08:49:28

I'd assume you have to be pretty desperate to eat a swan, especially if you have kids to feed.

Are swans any more amazing than chickens, ducks, pigs?

Deathbyladybirds Sat 07-Sep-13 08:50:30

I think you have to do funny things to Swan meat to make it edible, read a history book about it.

crypes Sat 07-Sep-13 08:51:53

Perhaps there is a recipe from olden days for swan and blackberries.

See I thought swans and daffodils belong to the queen so you cant nick either of them.

What I'm amazed at is the fact they chased and caught two swans! They are nasty fuckers those swans, not a chance you would find me chasing them.

inneedofsomehelpplz Sat 07-Sep-13 08:53:24

it is illegal to steal swans from the park & kill them.

DropYourSword Sat 07-Sep-13 08:54:48

I thought all swans came under the queens protection.

Not exactly sure HOW she'd protect them though, they can be viscious bugger's!!

DropYourSword Sat 07-Sep-13 08:55:26


waltzingmathilda Sat 07-Sep-13 08:55:26

Tupping. It is swan tupping. Not tagging. And it only applies to mute swans on The Thames. Not swans in village ponds and parks up and down the country.

SilverApples Sat 07-Sep-13 09:01:31

Matilda you plonker, it is Swan Upping. Tupping a swan is far more difficult and definitely illegal.

minibmw2010 Sat 07-Sep-13 09:01:48

We don't know that they took them because they were starving, in some cultures they just don't respect wildlife's right to live and don't see it as theft. A friend of mine, who is highly educated and Polish, still sees nothing wrong with fishing for Carp wherever they want, regardless of whether its theft just because that's what they did at home.

Booooom Sat 07-Sep-13 09:02:48

I wonder if it tasted like goose?

Don't ever replace onions with daffodil bulbs though - they taste similar, but a friend of mine did this and is extremely ill in hospital at the moment. He'll be ok though, they think he'll be out in spring.

SilverApples Sat 07-Sep-13 09:04:04

SP, I think the grown-ups lied to you about the daffodils.
Wildflowers do have protection of various sorts, and you can't dig them up either.

Misspixietrix Sat 07-Sep-13 09:05:49

Crypes grin

aGnotherGnu Sat 07-Sep-13 09:08:16

The OP on the blackberries thread would approve. It's starting to look like a balance diet.

Booooom hahaha grin

aGnotherGnu Sat 07-Sep-13 09:09:06

Doh crypes had beaten me!

Silver Really?! blush I always thought you couldn't pick them because you gets arrested if caught due to them been the queens!

SilverApples Sat 07-Sep-13 09:10:25

Depends where they are, and if they belong to the Parks dept. grin

kim147 Sat 07-Sep-13 09:11:54

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

I got to nearly 23 believing that!

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