The uncontrolled, unmonitored slaughter of protected Adelaide and Yellow Rosellas and Musk and Rainbow Lorikeets by commercial fruit
growers in South Australia was first allowed by the then South Australian Minister for Environment, Dorothy Kotz for a period of 1 year from the 26th of May 1999. The current Minister for Environment Iain Evans has allowed the slaughter to continue for the Adelaide Rosellas and the Musk and Rainbow Lorikeets.
This action is now receiving world wide publicity.
The article below is reproduced with the kind permission of The Advertiser newspaper.
(The Advertiser: www.news.com.au)
wild bird cull
| By Environment Reporter
CATHERINE HOCKLEY INTERNATIONAL environmental groups are threatening to urge a boycott of South Australian wines because of the sanctioned culling of native birds in this state.
Bird protection groups from the United States and England are circulating e-mails describing culling practices in SA.
US parrot specialist Stewart Metz e-mailed SA wineries this month warning them a boycott was possible if killing in vineyards continued.
"The word of this . . . indifference to life is spreading like wildfire through the US and other countries," Professor Metz says.
"Many Americans, myself included, will choose NOT to drink wines rendered deeper red by the blood of slaughtered Australian fauna. If necessary a Boycott of your wines will be initiated."
But the e-mail was met with a terse reply from McLaren Vale. An email sent from the cyber address of McLaren Vale Winemakers Incorporated tells "the god righteous americans" to "try to get the facts before shooting off your gob".
"Unlike the USA where gun toting cowboys blast everthing in sight we use a variety of devices such as kites and noise cannons to eliminate mainly non-native birds from destroying our vineyards,"
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