I am not disagreeing, and if anyone thinks that I am supporting the current
as I stated in an early post, I am not. However, anytime you control or try to
control a population, you risk natural disease/disaster being the capper that
puts a species on CITES 1. Even hormone use would put them in the same
You're right, the birds were there first, but since when has that stopped man,
from even killing other men "that weren't like them, so expendable".
And I am also not saying don't put some pressure on the Australian gov to
re-evaluate their current methods, all I am saying, is to approach the
as an EDUCATED person with concerns regarding this Natural resource (the
birds); Not as someone who is ONLY speaking with their heart and their
experience in companioning a couple of parrots.
Australia is actually one of the few countries that really is concerned about
their native wildlife, but they have to feed their people to. Hens the
dilemma. Donna's comment is well taken, but not practical to a continent that
is only (these figures may not be exact, because I'm not quoting from a book,
from memory) 3-5% able to support crops.
If this is the area in Aviculture that you feel strongly enough to REALLY try to
make a difference, then start an idea pool. Do some research on your own, and
then put together a petition based on intelligent, grounded in the real world
and start addressing the Australian gov. If someone can come up with an idea
that is truly viable for the wild birds, and the people of Australia, I'd be
to sign the petition.
Believe me, I am on the side of the birds, and would start the research myself,
but my current gig for Aviculture is trying to stop PDD, and I do this on a
volunteer basis, so I have to do the work thing. Maybe someone else would like
to do their bit by picking up this cause.
Have you made your contribution to the PDD research fund this year, 2001?
We need your money to save all of our fids from this horrible disease.
This year's challenge hasn't started yet, but your responsibility to your
companion can still be addressed today.
Don't let complacency stand between your loving feathered companion and
a test/vaccine that could save their lives. Send your dollars today.
> I know it is hard to see damage done by any wild animal when someone's
> livelihood is at stake. BUT in the majority of cases the animals/birds were
> there first!
> While I don't condone letting flocks or herds get out of hand (after all we
> do need to eat too), I do feel that pressure put on Governments to end
> inhumane slaughter will eventually lead to more eco-friendly ways. Yes, at
> the moment we have no way of controlling the breeding of these birds - BUT
> there must be some way to do it selectively, and it is research into this
> matter that I would like to see pushed. After all, with the amount of gene
> typing and DNA breakthroughs lately someone should be able to come up with a
> satisfactory and humane way.
> What about the scenario where in five years time this legislation has had
> the desired effect of seriously reducing the flocks of different birds and
> species, and then a natural disease occurs to exert more devastation on the
> already depleted breeding birds?