During the drawn out debate on cannon-netting one
person, who I do not wish to single out for criticism wrote
"I read with interest from many "netters" who state
method of canon netting kills birds, this has NOT been
anyone on this list. Does it matter if it is
one bird in a million, or one
bird in a hundred?"
Perhaps the critics of cannon-netting might
consider that the next time they jump in their cars to go off twitching there is
a real possibility that they will kill some unfortunate bird. It is a fact
that no matter how careful the driver any car moving at above 40 kph (or perhaps
less) over a long distance will kill a certain number of birds.
I suspect that no one lets this unintended, but
still unfortunate consequence stop them travelling by car, and that few even
moderate their speed to reduce the risk of killing birds. If we accept the
unintended killing of birds for relatively frivolous reasons why the howls of
outrage over the accidental killing of a very small number of birds by netters
engaged in serious research which may helpful for conservation?
About a week ago I posted a note on the dramatic
decline in numbers of Australian Bustards in this region. Curiously this
attracted no comment. No one has suggested that cannon-netting has lead to
the decline of any species, yet it is the subject of vociferous criticism.
Strange that bustard hunting, which appears to be causing a substantial decline
of this species, is ignored.