Fwd: [bngbirds] The emu

To: bob gosford <>,
Subject: Fwd: [bngbirds] The emu
From: brian fleming <>
Date: Fri, 12 Feb 2010 10:14:20 +1100
Restrictions on the export of Australian fauna are quite recent, historically speaking. I recall newspaper articles in the 1950s about consignments of Australian birds and animals being exported. Live Emus were exported to zoos and aviculturists. Likewise, Australian birdkeepers were able to import exotic parrots, finches and pheasants.

Recent restrictions on import and export are as much because of fear of major animal diseases as for concern on animal welfare andfor conservation. Before postwar air transport developed, a long sea-voyage was effectively quarantine.

Anthea Fleming

bob gosford wrote:
An interesting thread on the Emu from Bangalore Birds in India...

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From: Pradiptamohan Basu <>
Date: 12 February 2010 02:31
Subject: Re: [bngbirds] The emu
To: ixedoc <>, Prasanna Vynatheya <
Cc: Bird Watchers Bangalore <>

The first emus must have come from Australia. Does the Australian Govt.
allow it? Or, were they smuggled out?

Regards -

Pradipta Basu

--- On Wed, 10/2/10, Prasanna Vynatheya

From: Prasanna Vynatheya <<>
Subject: Re: [bngbirds] The emu
To: "ixedoc" < <>>
Cc: "Bird Watchers Bangalore"
Date: Wednesday, 10 February, 2010, 12:30

Absolutely right, just a couple of days back I heard a friend nonchalantly
mention Emu rearing, describing the economics and hoping to start one.
Believe there are very successful Emu farmers in AP.

  Well well, what to say. I too have seen these beautiful and tough birds
living against harsh conditions Down Under and along with the Kangaroos,
Wombats, Wallabies and the rest.

  Guess economics comes first and the rest is inconsequential. How does one
address this scourge of human disease other than heave a sigh and just
mutter well!


--- On Tue, 2/9/10, ixedoc <> wrote:

From: ixedoc <>
Subject: [bngbirds] The emu
Date: Tuesday, February 9, 2010, 7:22 PM

http://ixedoc. blog/post/ 2009/10/its- livelihood- for-one-its-
life-for- the-other. htm

Some days ago I came across an enterprising businessman: an entrepreneur who
struck pay-dirt in one fell swoop. After trying his hand out in various
ventures he forayed into livestock farming: no, not the usual cattle and pig
stuff, but into a more exotic and exciting specimen. Very productive, he
tells me rubbing his palms in unmitigated glee.

He breeds emus. Emus are ostrich like, huge flightless birds that are
exclusive to Australia. A proud magnificent bird, the emus are fiercely
protective of clutch and brood, surviving and thriving in arid featureless
sandy wastes of down under.

For me, whenever I hear of such ventures, a part dies. How can anyone import
animals or birds that nature meant to decorate its wild with, introduce it
to restrictive pens far from home, wait for it to lay its outsize egg – then
spirit it off for the fancy price it fetches. How can you chop off Emus
evolution modified elongated neck of the bird, a neck which allows it to
swivel almost 360 degrees.

Millions of years of safe sanctuary in a lost continent, now thrust into the
meat market – the plight of this proud bird as it gawks and stares into
vacant space as it is dragged for the guillotine sickens and revolts.. In
the wild, one single kick from its powerful long leg could cripple a man –
but here, lost and bemused, the soul of the bird has died and its will to
survive, a will that kept its species going amidst all odds and adversaries
for millions of years – no longer exists.

`Come over to my farm sometime doc, bring baby Bimbli along too, she will
enjoy the trip', exults the intrepid farmer. Will she? I wonder. How can
anyone stand and watch numbered Emus on the death row?

Can anyone with an iota of compassion, look straight into the bird's
pleading saucer like liquid eye? May be some can, I cannot.

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