Kudos to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for slapping eleven year old Skylar Capo of Fredericksburg, Virgina with a $535 fine and possible jail time for rescuing a woodpecker from a cat! I only just stumbled across this particular news item, but I can’t tell you how relieved I am to know that the federal government is using my tax money so wisely and so well. The woodpecker is a protected species, and it is a violation of the federal Migratory Bird Act to “take, possess, or transport” a protected species. Being ignorant of the law because you’re eleven years old, or being so soft-hearted you don’t want to see a cat eat a protected species, those things are no excuse. In any right-thinking society, that child should just have been summarily executed.