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The Vatman of Alcatraz

An exotic bird importer who appears to have thought it unduly cruel to his feathered friends to have them banged up in quarantine when they enter the UK.

This, apparently, was the birdman’s only motivation for a wheeze that kept his birds from having to, um, do “bird” at Her Majesty’s pleasure – even though he also managed to avoid having to pay VAT.

It was this latter offence that resulted in the importer getting banged-up for 12 months by the Court of Appeal – even though he hadn’t charged his customers VAT and so wasn’t pocketing any taxpayers’ cash for himself. So much for being kind to your small feathered friends.

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