RFI Vietnam

To: Birding Aus <>
Subject: RFI Vietnam
From: Rob Geraghty <>
Date: Tue, 26 May 2009 19:24:49 -0700 (PDT)
--- On Wed, 5/27/09, Helen Larson <> wrote:
> Outside reserves, birds have largely been
> eaten (literally) and hunting with rifle is a tourist sport
> in Tam Dao. I was very polite to the 5 guys I met with
> rifles, they proudly showed me dead birds and squirrel and
> half-dead ashy drongo.

This seems to be a problem in many Asian countries.  I suspect that new 
immigrants to Australia from Asia need to be educated regarding the protected 
status of many birds and animals as well as size and catch limits on fish 
and... license requirements!

I have seen many people of Asian descent fishing in Australia who clearly have 
no idea that there are any limits on size, species or quantity.  It's probable 
that they don't know most Australian birds and animals are also protected.  My 
wife is Chinese and her reaction to seeing many wild ducks on her first visit 
to Australia was "I want to eat them!".

Mind you, neither am I impressed by born-and-bred Ozzies boasting about 
catching hundreds of fish they couldn't possibly eat and keeping them.  The 
abusive clearing of pipis, crabs, seaweed and other food sources have been 
responsible for many bird species struggling to survive.


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