By Amy Berry [Letter to the Editor\
As a fisher and conservationist, I was appalled to hear the judge's ruling in the Francis Archibald Hannigan case.
The precedent has now been set that getting “carried away" is a viable excuse to break the law and the fact that the man is of low income makes it acceptable to act as he sees fit with a reduced penalty to avoid causing him undue hardship.
This man claims to be an avid fisherman who looks forward to his fishing trips. There isn't going to be any fish if people like him aren't held accountable for their actions.
This ruling is a slap in the face to the true fishers of the world who support and abide by the rules so we may all continue to enjoy a sport we love.
With a measly $400 fine and apparently no restriction or suspension from fishing, we are letting this guy back on our rivers to continue reaping, and sending a message to everyone else that if the fish are biting and you're having fun, the law doesn't matter.
I can't help but wonder how far a defence of getting “carried away" would go in a murder or rape case. What if people were to get “carried away" at the bank or in a traffic jam?
I sincerely hope the Crown will pursue an appeal, if not for the sake of the murdered trout, then for the purpose of reiterating the consequences of breaking the law.