birding-aus conservation/animal rights

Subject: birding-aus conservation/animal rights
From: "Philip Battley" <>
Date: Wed, 24 Mar 1999 09:14:53 +0000

My thoughts:

I will accept arguments based on animal rights only from vegans. Most 
of us will not even bat an eyelid when eating a 39 day old chicken 
that has lead its entire life cooped up in a small cage, yet be 
outraged when a wild bird has its life cut short. Does this seem not 
a little hypocritical?

If Julian B. truly believes that conservation and animal rights 
are inseparable, then lets be honest about how we prioritise our 
animals' rights. I'd say a bristlebird ranks a bit higher than a 
feral cat, so try telling the cat it's being killed in the name of 
animal rights. All animals are not equal in our minds, so there is no 
universal 'animal right' that we are upholding. We just like birds a 

In North America the duck-shooting brigade provides huge amounts of 
money through a regulated system that goes into wetland management.  
Maybe Australia needs more field officers to crack down on the 
renegade shooters who'll bag anything that flies, walks or swims. But 
really, is the real threat truly shooters or agriculturalists? If the 
latter, then get money off the former and lobby for better management 
and more effective regulations on wetland use and conservation.


Phil Battley,
Australian School of Environmental Studies,
Griffith University,
Queensland 4111,
Ph: 0061-7-3875-7474
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