Far, Far From Land
Kristen Mcmenamy by Tim Walker
Imprisonment of a mermaid in a tank wasn’t a crime until the recent Ministry decree, which itself only followed on a notorious case that received significant coverage in the Prophet. It’s still questionable whether the decree would have stood in its original form if the ICW hadn’t put significant pressure on the Traditionalists in the Wizengamot to force their hand. The Traditionalists may not want to abide by what they see as foreign interference with British creatures, but they do understand issues of trade and finance, and it’s their fat vaults that will be squeezed if the ICW issues sanctions for disobeying treaties.
And all this because a spoilt child wanted a pretty in their home.