You Have Chosen to Commit the Crime of Poaching
You are an agricultural laborer living in a small cottage with
your wife and two children on the property of a large estate in Stratfordshire.
Times are difficult for you and your family. Your pay has gone down recently
and you struggle to put food on the table. Your boss, a wealthy and respected
landowner, seems generally uninterested in your plight. "It is a difficult
time for all of us," he notes. You are not so convinced he is faced with
the same problems, however.
In order to provide your family with food, you decide to poach
a deer on the property. There are plenty around, and besides, the game
laws are completely ridiculous and the most ignored set of laws in England.
On the flip side, they are the most carefully patrolled laws in England and
are punished harshly. The wealthy, it seems, prefer to have the right to hunt
all to themselves (10).
You mull over your options and decide you have a choice of hunting
at night, with less chance of being seen, or hunting during the day. The trade-off
being that poaching for deer at night sometimes brings the death penalty (10)!