Judge: According to the indictment, you shot and killed a California Condor. How do you plead?
Defendant: Guilty, your honor.
Judge: This is a terrible act! These are endangered birds! There's hardly any left at all! Why did you shoot one?
Defendant: I'm sorry, Judge, but I had to feed my family. We're very poor and hadn't eaten for several days.
Judge: That may be understandable, but it's no excuse for shooting an endangered species. I have to sentence you to three months in jail. I hope you use the time to consider how bad a taste of an endangered bird can be.
Defendant: Actually, your honor, it tastes pretty good -- kinda like a cross between a bald eagle and a whooping crane.
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