Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


Dwindling Mallard population shows up ‘pest’ myth


Dwindling Mallard population shows up ‘pest’ myth

The pro hunting organisation Fish & Game is researching the causes of the decline of the mallard duck population, upset at the prospect of fewer ducks to kill.

“So far, researchers have identified feral cats and rats, a dog and a hawk,” says SAFE Executive Director Hans Kriek. “The researchers seem to have missed the fact that hundreds of thousands of ducks are massacred by Fish & Game’s own members each year, not to mention the lethal effects of lead pellets shot into waterways that are slowly poisoning many species of birds.

It is a commonly held belief that ducks must be controlled because they are a pest. This misconception has greatly helped Fish & Game to justify its hunting practices by claiming that most of their targets are invasive non-native species. Keeping their numbers down is said to aid the survival of native water birds.

“Now that Mallards are in decline, Fish & Game’s true motives have become clear,” says Mr Kriek. A spokesman for the hunting group admitted on national television that hunters would like more birds to ‘harvest’ and that a higher population will sustain a larger ‘harvest’. “They simply want more of these birds around so that they can kill more,” says Mr Kriek. “This has nothing to do with conservation, wetland management or pest control; they just want to kill more animals for fun.

SAFE wants to see an end to recreational duck shooting. In addition to the large numbers killed, many birds end up crippled and maimed, and are left to die slow and agonising deaths.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Oprah as a Presidential Hopeful

Oprah for President…That was one of those summer silly season stories, right ? Maybe not.

On the morning after the Golden Globes Awards ceremony where she delivered That Speech (“I want all the girls watching here now to know that a new day is on the horizon!”) a lot of people seem to have woken up in the cold light of day with a vision of President Winfrey still dancing in their heads.

Oprah’s presidential run may have legs…More


Gordon Campbell: On Jim Anderton
For anyone born after 1975, it is hard to grasp just how important a figure Jim Anderton was, for an entire generation.
During the mid to late 1980s, Anderton was the only significant public figure of resistance to the Labour government’s headlong embrace of Thatcherism...More>>


Gong Time: New Year's Honours List

Jacinda Ardern today congratulated the 179 New Zealanders named on the 2018 New Year’s Honours List.

“Although this list was compiled and completed by the last government, it is a pleasure to welcome in the New Year by recognising exceptional New Zealanders,” Jacinda Ardern said.

“As an Aunty, I love reading books to my nieces, so it’s lovely to congratulate Joy Cowley, who is made a member of the Order of New Zealand today....More
Full list

Roads: National launches bid to save highway projects

The National Party has launched a series of petitions aimed at saving regional highway projects at risk because of the Government’s obsession with Auckland trams…More>>


Medical Cannabis: Bill Introduced to “ease suffering”

Health Minister Dr David Clark says making medicinal cannabis more readily available will help relieve the suffering of people who are dying in pain More>>


Campbell: On The Quest For Zero Net Carbon Emissions
Some would querulously ask, zero net carbon emissions by 2050 – while others would say, why not?


CPAG Report: The Further Fraying Of The Welfare Safety Net

New Zealand’s welfare system has undergone a major transformation during the past three decades. This process has seriously thwarted the original intent of the system, which was to provide a decent standard of living for all New Zealanders in times of need... More>>





Featured InfoPages