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Teacher Who Collected Illegal Wildlife Items Receives Suspended Sentence

Offbeat  (tags: animals, environment, protection, wildlife )

- 578 days ago -
John Kolettas pleaded guilty after skulls and teeth from orangutans, bears and tigers were found in his Sydney home

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Angelika R. (145)
Friday May 2, 2014, 5:27 am
NO jail sentence, huh, how encouraging for wildlife trafficking criminals! Disappointing!!

Heidi Walderra (164)
Friday May 2, 2014, 5:34 am
Noted and shared

Kit B. (276)
Friday May 2, 2014, 5:39 am

That judge is sending a lousy message.

Sandi C. (230)
Friday May 2, 2014, 7:21 am
noted. I agree Kit & Angelika.

Kathleen R. (192)
Friday May 2, 2014, 8:32 am
Also agree with Kit and Angelika. This sends the wrong message.

Ted W. (109)
Friday May 2, 2014, 8:38 am
Noted! If they just keep letting them go its not going to do any good! Thanks Cher!

Sara P. (69)
Friday May 2, 2014, 8:39 am
Yes, I agree with the comment of Angelika and Kit too :((((( this is a very bad example. Thanks Cher.

Yvonne F. (177)
Friday May 2, 2014, 10:08 am
Great article, devastating outcome! He should have go jail!!! Thanks Cher

Kamia T. (90)
Friday May 2, 2014, 1:20 pm
Noted, but give me a break! He admits what he's done; and that it wasn't just one or two animals, and gets a fine that any illegal wildlife importer could probably pay with pocket change and no jail time! That is totally repugnant. How does the justice system there live with itself?

June Bostock (50)
Friday May 2, 2014, 1:43 pm
He should have gone to jail!!!!!

Past Member (0)
Friday May 2, 2014, 2:06 pm
Great. He gets a suspended sentence and probably keeps his job the animals got a death sentence.

. (0)
Friday May 2, 2014, 3:59 pm
And not a mention what this man planned on doing with these body parts. A stronger sentence would have sent out a stronger message.

Connie O. (48)
Friday May 2, 2014, 4:09 pm
Why on earth did he not go to prison! A teacher yet... : (

S J. (128)
Friday May 2, 2014, 5:27 pm
no jail? but want to jail thos who help animals? Great!

Sherri SicktilNovtwenthfour (128)
Friday May 2, 2014, 7:34 pm
Come on Judge you can do better to protect our animals. TY Cher Noted

Past Member (0)
Friday May 2, 2014, 7:51 pm
At first, before reading the article, I was going to say that maybe the guy got them from w/o causing or contributing to an animals' death...then I read that he had asked for animals to be, another proverbial slap on the wrist. It does send a lousy message.

cynthia B. (210)
Saturday May 3, 2014, 12:12 am
Give me a break what a pathetic message

Maria Teresa Schollhorn (43)
Saturday May 3, 2014, 1:05 am
What is he teaching? A shame!

Howard Crosse (21)
Saturday May 3, 2014, 10:09 am
A court should give a penalty that makes the person committing the crime think twice before doing it again, this punishment doesn't do that. Furthermore I really cannot understand why anyone would want parts of dead animals around their homes, what on Earth is wrong with him!

Ruth C. (267)
Saturday May 3, 2014, 12:57 pm
How much was the judge paid to let the bastard off the hook!?
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