Re: birding-aus Duck Season

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Subject: Re: birding-aus Duck Season
From: "S Cooney" <>
Date: Wed, 24 Mar 1999 14:23:57 +1000

A few last thoughts from me.

I hope I didn't give the impression that duck shooters were the only
humanoid threat to our environment and nor do I want to imply that the
problems Homo sapiens sapiens have caused are easy to fix.  They are not. 
And habitat degradation is obviously a very tough one.

I thought David James comment on ethics was spot on.  Maybe we will look
back on this discussion as an embarrassing aberration of twentieth century
western culture.  I hope so.

The birds collected from the wetlands were placed on display at Parliament
House in Victoria and I am sure the Laurie Levy provides reports.  Never
afraid of publicity (good luck to him) I have no doubt he will make these
statistics known.

As for fishing I do not approve of cruelty to fish, like birds or any other
animal.  This may be out of the field of this forum, but I believe that
many of the tagged and released fish later die either from shock or
predation as a result of their experience.  This might the time to say that
I do advocate animals rights and I am not even a vegetarian, let alone a
vegan.  I do however, attempt to buy cruelty free products and actively
boycott products and companies that do not show good corporate citizenship
in this area.  This costs me more money often, but that is certainly a
price I can pay for the well-being, even if only short lived, of an animal.
 This cause has not been fought and won either, concerned people need to
keep up the pressure.

But Tony for Niven brings it back to a crucial point, what are we going to
do about.  We must lobby out Pollies, write letters, become informed, tell
our friends.  I have heard people say that the tide is turning, lets keep
up the pressure to ensure that this isn't just wishful thinking on my

Stuart Cooney

P.S. My dad was the grey bearded man behind Laurie and appeared on several
news stories in the background and I don't think my aunty appeared on TV
this year.

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