Canadian Prosecutor: Jeff Foiles Tortured Ducks
September 15, 2011
Disgraced duck-call maker and video producer Jeff Foiles pleaded guilty in an Edmonton, Canada, provincial courtroom yesterday to several charges under the Migratory Birds Convention Act and two charges of causing cruelty to animals.
The prosecutor says Foiles committed several acts that are so disgusting I am hesitant to pass them along. Such is the black eye this news gives real waterfowl hunter-conservationists.
From a QMI Agency report:
The unlawful hunting activities of Jeffery Burdett Foiles—captured on video while in Alberta and Saskatchewan—included him calling the wounded birds by names and hamming it up on camera by talking to them, quacking, hitting and slapping them and wrenching their necks.
"The duck would have been experiencing distress and pain," said prosecutor Michelle Ferguson, referring to one incident where Foiles "wrenches" a duck's neck so the bird is looking at him and says, "Look at me when I'm talking to you," while wagging the neck back and forth.
Ferguson also cited another incident where Foiles bangs the beak of a duck with a live shotgun shell, roughly manipulates the duck's head and then places his fingers over the nostrils of the duck and holds its beak closed.
He then asks the duck: "Is this how you want to die?"
... During the hunts, Foiles would address the birds by names, including "Mr. Honker" and "Mrs. Mallard," and he would not immediately dispatch wounded fowl.
He also once held a wounded Canada Goose—brought to him by his dog 24 minutes after he shot it—up for the camera and rubbed its head against his own cheek before eventually breaking its neck.
Foiles faces a $14,500 fine and a three-year hunting ban in Canada. In June, he pleaded guilty to several charges in the United States. Sentencing for those crimes will take place September 21 and likely include a 13-month jail term and $100,000 fine.