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You can be prosecuted if your swan won't migrate -
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You can be prosecuted if your swan won't migrate

Brutus the swan is breaking the law.
As a migratory bird, he should, by law, be migrating. But instead Brutus is camped out at a fish pond in Erin, Ont., about 75 kilometres northwest of Toronto.
 


There Brutus lives a comfortable, solitary life nibbling on fish food and chasing away intruders, from blue herons and wood ducks to people who wander too close to his home pond.

Brutus the swan and Lou Maieron, the owner of Silver Creek Aquaculture. Maieron is showing Brutus the Crown's charges against him. (Fred Langan/CBC)
He seems content but the federal government is not happy with this situation and has spent thousands of dollars prosecuting Lou Maieron, the owner of Silver Creek Aquaculture, a fish hatchery where Brutus has taken up domicile.

Indeed, the Crown launched an appeal after a judge stayed the first set of proceedings in the case.

"The charge is that I am keeping a migratory bird without a permit," says Maieron, the only human who can come close to the big swan. "But that's wrong. Brutus is free to leave at any time.

 
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Dated
2010-08-10



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