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DoC Intransigence Killing Kiwis

"The Department of Conversation has displayed an amazing puritanical arrogance in not allowing Christchurch's Willowbank Wildlife Reserve to release its captivity-bred brown Kiwis into the wild," says Libertarianz spokesman Barry Cole. . DOC have done this because the Kiwis bred in captivity are apparently 'not genetically pure.' "This is laughable," says Cole, "especially since DOC supplied the original parent birds - albeit from different parts of the North Island."

DOC's Kiwi Recovery co-ordinator for research and monitoring, Dr Hugh Robertson, says he is 'not interested in muddling up the evolutionary process.' "What self-serving nonsense!," responds Cole. "Haven't humans already done this many times over to virtually every species on the planet, including themselves? It's the by-product of human progress! And what do they call the Kiwi's imminent extinction in the wild - a temporary evolutionary setback? DOC's intransigence puts the Kiwi's continued existence under threat," laments Cole.

"The best way to ensure the survival of the Kiwi and thus save it from the incompetent witch-DOCtors," he says, "is to commercially farm the Kiwi and allow private ownership of the bird." Cole adds that it is almost criminal that DOC shows such misguided concern for endangered flightless birds, but had no apparent concern for endangered humans while standing on viewing platforms."

Libertarianz would abolish the Department of Conservation and encourage private ownership of all land, including public trusteeship, conservation easements, and common law covenants.

It's enough to make you vote Libertarianz!


For further information please contact: Barry Cole LIBERTARIANZ ASSOC. SPOKESMAN TO DEREGULATE THE ENVIRONMENT Ph: (03) 942 1865, cole@paradise.net.nz www.libertarianz.org.nz www.libz.org

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