2. Re: News story calling for cull or corellas

To: "Natalia Atkins" <>
Subject: 2. Re: News story calling for cull or corellas
From: John Tongue <>
Date: Thu, 31 Jan 2008 15:22:57 +1000
I also will 'stick my neck out' (like Greg) - and please don't get me wrong, I am all for conservation, and protecting endangered species, beach nesting sites, etc.


It's interesting that many on this list are advocates of Myna control, and eradicating Canada Geese before they get established, etc. (both of which I support), but are not in favour of culling a native population to reduce local numbers to more manageable levels. Introduced pest species clearly do not belong in an area, and are only there because of human intervention - hence many feeling little compunction about control/eradication. However, as Peter Crow rightly pointed on this thread yesterday, the only reason these Corellas (and many other native species which achieve 'pest' status) have done so is also because of human intervention. For the sake of consistency (if nothing else), surely there can be a morally defensible case mounted for population control, through humane methods, to keep such 'pest' species at levels more akin to what they would have been without the 'positive' human interference which led to what is clearly sometimes a population explosion???

I'll be interested to see whether I've stuck my neck out far enough for someone to want to chop it off!

John Tongue
Ulverstone, Tas.


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