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Caution: danger to life: As the Bruno Manser was looking for his poison arrows

the call to The Bruno Manser was dramatic: "caution: even minor injury is dangerous to life!" The poison of the 100 arrows of the rain forest protection at the 6. July of 1999 had come to the train station Dietlikon lost, had the transaction within the shortest possible time be lethal. 5 to 60 minutes it takes, until you die, he wrote in the missing person's report, which he on 8. July to Mr. Wettstein from the police station Dietlikon sent.

On the Morning of the 6. July Manser demonstrated in a rainforest exhibition in St. Gallen, dealing with the blowgun with arrows without poison. But he had also poisoned in the process: "Two to four times per year, I'm taking the poison arrow in the quiver of a reason to show him," he said later in an Interview with the "Sunday newspaper". On the return trip, he put a Stop in Dietlikon and not visited there for a protest action, a furniture store, because of this sell declared furniture made from forest wood.

A dinner in Manser and 1000 Swiss francs

At the station he found no lockers, which is why he hid his backpack in a Bush. "I would not have made if I would have thought that someone could steal," said Manser in the Interview. "Maybe I'm a little naive: In Switzerland, people are socialized to hold otherwise. In the jungle, the bag had not been stolen."

In a handwritten letter to the police Dietlikon Manser called to his reward. Photo: Andrea payer, document: Bruno Manser Fund

The missing person's report put Manser, a detailed sketch with all of the missing objects. In addition to quiver, and arrows were also a short leather pants, a Wollgilet, a wool jacket, correspondence, and donations. The loss of the poison arrows had been hiding Manser, the police at first – probably in the hope that they will showed up quickly.

The population advised of Bruno Manser in contact with the poison arrows forcefully: "In the smallest violation immediately directed towards the heart-bonding, the injured part cut out, or at least with a knife cut bleeding. Immediately to the hospital!" Quiver and arrows he had made himself on Borneo, the arrow tips to be poisoned by hand. The poison came from poison arrow tree (Antiaris toxicaria). In the jungle, quiver and arrows included to Mansers equipment. As a reward, he had advertised "a dinner with me and 1000 francs".

account balance: 300 Swiss francs, invoice: 1214 franc

For the then-45-year-old Bruno Manser had the theft report and the public warning of the poison arrows are legal consequences. The at a district became aware of the case. It Manser at 23. August, a criminal disposal. He will have to pay a fine of 800 Swiss francs addition, the state can take charge of 385 Swiss francs, the fee of 24 francs, and the extra cost of 5 Swiss francs – a total of 1214 francs.

The Governor had him found guilty of violation of the gift law. For the poison arrows he had no permit. He also seems to have been little careful, as he arrows the backpack with the Poison for an hour unguarded've deposited.

This letter sent by Bruno Manser on the Bülacher the Governor, and Bruno Baur, in terms of "arrow poison affair". Photo: Andrea payer, document: Bruno Manser Fund

Manser called in a hand-written letter, the buses pick up. He was punished with the theft already sufficient, in addition, his account amounts to only 300 francs. The at a district and sent him a subpoena. 15. September asked the Governor Manser, whether the danger of the arrows was still great. Manser reply: "It depends where the arrows are today. The poison is washed off. So, if water, would wash the poison out." 16. December finally, the Governor wrote that the buses was legal.

The poison arrows are not showed up until today.

Since yesterday the Film "Bruno Manser – is the voice of the rain forest", directed by Niklaus Hilber in the cinema.

Created: 08.11.2019, 11:00 PM

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