Attracting birds with calls

To: "Nevil Lazarus" <>
Subject: Attracting birds with calls
From: peter crow <>
Date: Mon, 15 Jan 2007 15:16:56 +1000
The practice of attracting birds with calls will always be one where opinions as to whether it is ethically correct or not however;

Handling or otherwise "using" native animals requires the approval of an ethics committee under Commonwealth Environmental Protection Legislation dealing with native animals . This carries down to the states. In Queensland it is necessary to have such approvals for anyone "using" native animals.

There was some confusion in Brisbane as to what this meant.

On inquiring of the EPA I was informed that the official attitude is that bird watching where no interference with the birds takes place it is not necessary to obtain Ethics Committee approvals but any the activity involving using calls to attract birds would required approval from and ethics committee .

Is it possible that all of us out there calling birds with IPods, squeakers or pishing are stepping beyond the bounds of what our "non- wildlife friendly" governments consider suitable dealings with wildlife?




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