Following my earlier announcement about the shooting and collection
of the Yellow Chat I have had a lot of responses, most of which you have seen
since they were posted on b-a. Most responses supported my moral indignation at
the act, but a few others who were less critical, basing their initial responses
on their scientific professionalism, have since concurred that this was poor
science and a pointless and unnecessary killing..
I am of course compiling a dossier of these mailings and intend to use them
in approaches to the South Australian Ornithological Association, of which the
collector is a life member, in an attempt to have the collector severely
admonished. I will try to do this by way of placing a notice in the
Association's quarterly newsletter, that is, if they will publish it.
Hopefully this disapproval will lead to at least a reduction, if not a total
cessation, of such activities. My fear is though that the Association will
close ranks, protect their long standing member, and not pursue the matter in a
way which might reduce the possibility of repetition . I am not at all
sure how the general membership might respond, the vast majority of them not
being subscribers to b-a and therefore not being aware of this week's
discussion. My initial approaches to the president of the Association a
couple of weeks ago met with what I rated as a cool reception. A groundswell
from the body of the membership would shift this if it can be obtained.
Having said above that I have already received a lot of mail in this
matter, I hasten to add that if there are still more people who would like to
comment , then please do so, the more comment I can get the better. I intend
keeping the dossier open for a further week or so. In the meantime thank
you to all who have contributed so far, I appreciate your support. If anyone
would like to address comments directly to the president, hopefully with cc to
me, I can supply the email address on request.