Wed, 30 Jul 2003 08:08:22 -0400
In Holland is it prohibited to shoot any wild birds (except for 6 species that
could be hunted under special conditions). All the birds here are protected
under special law, and if someone ever publish a paper that he killed a bird,
he can prepare his selves for a trail!
With the modern thing like taking photographs ore taking DNA samples nothing
get's lost! Every bird can get documented without killing it! and even better
documented then a stuffed bird where you can't collect any DNA from (ore
hardly). Even for catching a bird you have to get a special permit, what is
only handled in special occasions (migratory monitoring, breeding success etc).
For example the Yellow Chat is probbaly in dozens of collection so one bird
more ore less doesn't matter. When they took photograps and took the central
tailfeather for example and take dna from it, the scientist have enough
documentation. So leave them in the wild, they are so beautiful!
When you get into a museum like at Tring in the UK there are no less then 2
million stuffed birds and when you look at the number worldwide it's 10 times
bigger. What the museum should do to get an intensive program where they going
to excange birds. When they do it there have to be no worthless killing! All
the bird species in the world are already in the various collections.
Cases like this ask for a very strict law!
Cheers, Justin Jansen, the Netherlands
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