400 Dead Pink-ears at WTP, Werribee

Subject: 400 Dead Pink-ears at WTP, Werribee
From: Tony Crocker <>
Date: Thu, 15 Dec 2005 10:11:17 +1300

> But leg flagging jollies have now turned into commercially driven tourism
> exercises.  The so called North-west wader expeditions are promoted as the
> ultimate eco tourism destination, where unaware backpackers pay money to put
> leg flags on waders in the false belief they are helping the birds.  The
> whole exercise is driven by commercial imperatives but is really no more
> than the destructive exploitation of birds to support a marginal research
> project.  It‚s obscene. The only difference between banding expeditions and
> shooting trips is that when birds are shot, the shooter knows where most of
> them die.  The problem caused by leg flagging is much worse than
> indiscriminate shooting because banders target rare and endangered species.

This is truly bizarre! Where on earth did you get this kind of
"information"? The sad thing is that your pronouncements have the potential
to put pressure on those (self-funded, non-profit) expeditions that are
contributing in such valuable ways to the conservation of the species in
question. Banders have the welfare of the birds at heart first and foremost
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