Wed, 23 Aug 1995 10:50:00 +0000
Paul Osborn wrote that "animal liberationists" released some Corellas in
Newcastle and that these are now forming a feral flock.
Why don't they also release some foxes, starlings, cats, prickly pear,
toads etc? To me there is no difference. Don't get me wrong, I hate
seeing captive birds too. But releasing anything in to an area that it
would not normally occur is IN MY OPINION - criminal, misguided and shows
total lack of understanding of ecology.
Those Corellas will be competing for food and certainly for nest hollows
with the native fauna of the area. They could also be spearding disease.
We as birders should be concerned by such releases and attempt to better
educate these misguided (but "hearts in the right places" people). And we
should get no pleasure from "ticking" these birds as they represent part
a national tragedy.
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