Eastbourne man not allowed to keep birds

A man was banned from keeping birds after he cruelly caged a wild goldfinch that later died.

Tyler Earwaker has been arrested on suspicion of owning a wild bird in breach of the Wildlife and Countryside Act after Sussex Police visited a property in Windmill Hill, Polegate, on January 23, 2022 and found the wild goldfinch locked in a cage would have.

The RSPCA attended and took the goldfinch into their care, but despite the best efforts of the veterinary staff, the bird died 10 days later.

According to Sussex Police, this was due to the distress it suffered after being taken out of its natural habitat and confined.

After being questioned by officers from the Rural Crime Team, the 22-year-old was charged and pleaded guilty to the offense when he appeared at Hastings Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.

Earwaker, of Beatty Road in Eastbourne, was sentenced to 100 hours of unpaid labor and ordered to pay a £95 victim’s premium and £85 in court costs.

He also received a community protection warning directing him not to trespass on private land without the landowner’s written permission.

Earwalker was also banned for life from dealing in, keeping, transporting, or arranging transport of birds or wildfowl of any kind.

Police Officer Carlo Leone of the Rural Crime Team said: “The trade in wild songbirds like this is cruel.

“Removing a wild bird from its natural habitat and placing it in a tiny cage for your own pleasure can cause the birds to suffer immeasurably, as happened in this case.

“We take violations of all animals incredibly seriously and will not tolerate any behavior that causes harm or harm to wildlife.”

Anyone with information about wildlife crimes is encouraged to report it to police online or by calling 101. Always dial 999 in an emergency.

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