Collecting Birds

Subject: Collecting Birds
From: "Andrew Noosa" <>
Date: Wed, 06 Aug 2003 13:01:15 +1000

From: "Alan Morris" <>
To: <>
Subject: [BIRDING-AUS] Collecting Birds
Date: Tue, 5 Aug 2003 17:33:39 +1000

If only all the angst generated by this event could be used to object to the Victorian & South Australian Governments against the illegal and legal killing of birds in vineyards, particularly in set nets for grape protection, where many birds like Grey-crowned Babblers and flycatchers get caught and die, and for "crop protection" in those States, and in NSW where hunters kill 70,000 waterbirds per year as part of ricecrop protection, not to mention Queensland where the clearing of land continues which has an incredible negative effect on many woodland species. Puts that poor one little Yellow Chat into a bit of perspective.

Hello Alan
I suspect the perspective you are talking about is society's or your own and not the little bird's. If we can agree that a little wrong and a big wrong still don't add up to a right, then the perspective argument is really not about the inherent ethics of the situation but rather a utilitarian argument about resourcing. Perhaps the angst you mention is more about the birding world taking a view that "charity begins at home"? How can we get the rest of society behind the large conservation issues if we pay such light regard to the life of birds? And anyway, have you ever thought that "that poor one little Yellow Chat" may be just the surface of a wider collecting problem? Instead of dismissing it as some sort of side-issue, I say we should address it. Along with all the other issues you mentioned. Cheers

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