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Doc Allows Rough Treatment Of Rare Mammals

Doc Allows Rough Treatment Of Rare Mammals

“The Department of Conservation has given permission for scientists studying Hector’s dolphins to attach transmitters to three of the animals in a manner which is guaranteed to be traumatic, said New Zealand First’s conservation spokesman,” Edwin Perry.

“DoC has explained the procedure as identifying the dolphins from the air, then lifting them into a boat, tagging them and releasing them.

“In real terms this apparently involves catching the dolphins by their tails, dragging them into a boat, anaesthetising their dorsal fins, attaching the tags and then dropping them back into the water, said Mr Perry.

“This is rough treatment by anyone’s standards and has been condemned by marine mammal researchers.

“If this is the way DoC treats rare dolphins it is just as well the New Zealand storm petrels have been in hiding for 150 years – smart birds” said Mr Perry.

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