Bird Banding excuses

Subject: Bird Banding excuses
From: Tracey Phillips <>
Date: Thu, 10 Jan 2002 04:52:40 -0800 (PST)
Please Russell, don't attempt to defend the
indefensible!  Where have we heard this sort of line

Russell Woodford wrote,

"That's the whole point of banding - and yes, it
overlooks the needs of some individuals for the needs
of the species.  It doesn't help being anthropomorphic
or sentimental about it.  From my very limited
experience of watching banders at work I know they
show great care with each bird and hate nothing more
than seeing an individual bird suffer".

This is where!

Josef Mengel would cry when one of his children twin
subjects died before he could remove their eyes.  See
Mengele's Children.

>From Josef Mengel, the angel of death!

                             Mengele was a doctor who
became mad.   Nobody ever questioned him.   -- why did
this one die? Why did that one perish? The patients
did not count. He professed to do what he did in the
name of science, but it was a madness on his part.

                           Madness, indeed, on the
part of a man who showered love and attention on the
very children he would sooner or later subject to his
cruel experiments, whom he would more likely than not
murder in pursuit of genetic information that did not
exist except in the imagination of an indoctrinated
Nazi ideologue.

                       Madness on the part of a man
whom more than one surviving twin would remember as a
gentle man who loved children! Whence does such
madness spring, how is it possible for two separate
and diametrically-opposed personages manifest
themselves within the same individual?

-- And I wish to make it clear that I do not infer
that Russell has any likeness or sympathy to Mengel.  
My point is that those defending bird banding should
learn from history.

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