Student Fined $10,000 for Killing a Duck, But Killing an Unborn Baby is Perfectly Legal

Opinion   |   Ken Orr   |   May 13, 2016   |   7:16PM   |   Wellington, New Zealand

A 24 year old Danish student tourist, Rasmus Zetner was fined $10,000 by Judge Brian Callaghan in the Christchurch Court on 5May for killing a Whio duck, an endangered specis in South Westland on 9 March 2016.Under the Wildlife Act 1953, the whio duck is an absolutely protected specis.

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 all the media in New Zealand.

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?

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It is important that we have legislation protecting the right to life of endangered specis. Right to Life questions why our nation is prepared to legislate for absolute protection for the right to life of endangered specis, yet is not prepared to provide any legal protection for the right to life of children in the womb.

It is a sad commentary 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. At the same time an estimated 36 children in the womb are deprived of their life each day in New Zealand with the permission of Parliament, government and the community. Note: Ken Orr is the spokesman for Right to Life of New Zealand.