Thank you Tony for
putting this very sad matter into the wider arena.
I could not agree
with you more.
I was shocked, and
saddened, by the article in the SA Ornithologist. Not just the fact of the
event, but that it would be published in such a reputable journal without
comment. I have not raised it myself at an SAOA
meeting because I thought that this would not come well from an L- (at
best P-) plate birder.
I do have a
question. Does the SA Museum have a Bio-ethics Committee - as
Universities do - to approve (or otherwise) all research on live animals
(including the putting of animals to death). If not, why not.
And, if it does, did SAM's Bio-ethics Committee approve the killing
and for what reasons.
One concern about
public discussion on this event is that it may mean that we will not even hear
about such events in future.
I hasten to add that
I am a scientist by training, and spent my whole professional life in
universities - I am no bleeding heart but this was over the
Morning all, I have an unpleasant query to discuss.
I understand ( but do not condone) the occasional issuing of permits to
cull bird species allegedly causing economic hardship to
However, it has recently come to my notice that late last year (2002)
there was an instance in South Australia in which an uncommon ( rare for
the location at which the incident took place) bird was shot and collected for
the SA Museum. The incident has been published in the SA Ornithologist,
so names, location, and bird species are already in the public