Acceptable Hunting

This is hunting I can understand and accept:

 

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Trying To Show Sympathy

This poor hunter is being victimised…

John with Geese flying away.

John with Geese flying away.

Apparently, according to this article in The Press & Journal (Aberdeen), this poor chap has been prevented from enjoying his lifelong bird-slaughtering-for-fun relaxation by saboteurs in the form of birdwatchers at a Moray Scotland nature reserve. The surreptitious killjoys spoiled the birds’ flight paths, walked around conspicuously wearing high-vis clothing and generally disturbed the birds by their movements.

Is it any wonder he threatened to shoot the birdwatchers instead when he discovered that the police were less than interested in his plight.

Birdwatchers 1 – Hunters 0. I’m smirking self-satisfactorily! Who do you support?

 

 

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Saiga – A Central Asian Environmental Initiative

From Wikipedia:The saiga antelope is a critically endangered antelope that originally inhabited a vast area of the Eurasian steppe zone from the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains and Caucasus into Dzungaria and Mongolia.

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This strange-looking fellow tenuously inhabits the Central Asian steppes and needs all the help he (and she) can get. The species suffers from a fatal bacterial disease as reported in The Guardian and in 2015, 200,000 expired in Bekpak Dala desert region of Kazakhstan

Saiga Spotlight is the annual publication of The Saiga Conservation Alliance.

You can donate here to do your bit to help save their future

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When The Tide Goes Out

This wonderful BBC One video, tells of a risky escapade to gather food in a hostile terrain

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Should Cats Be Culled?

The Week has summarised this subject in an interesting article from various sources on both sides of the pond, giving both sides of the argument.

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http://api.app.theweek.co.uk/editions/uk.co.dennis.theweek.single.issue1093/data/64410_9eb86a38446fe2346dacac3875632851/web.html

Different countries have different viewpoints about cats. The ferals of Australia are a serious environmental concern, which must be addressed sooner rather than later. In Kotor, Montenegro, town ferals/pets are a tourist draw.

Pet lovers will of course be protective of their “innocent” moggies. Bird lovers will have a different viewpoint – especially those without a feline pet.

I’m on the fence on this one. Yes, where ferals are out of control, they must be controlled. Where pets are cared for by their loving owners, who then is to say that they should restricted, especially when there are other more sinister reasons for declines in avian populations?

My daughter keeps her cats totally under control. They were bred as house cats and never leave the protection of her home. Good girl!

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Hilarious Winners of the First Annual ‘Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards’

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Silver Runner Up, William Richardson / Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards

Check them out here courtesy of This Is Colossal

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Western Tienshan Declared UNESCO World Heritage Site

As reported by BirdLife International, Europe and Central Asia, the Western Tienshan region of Kazakhstan has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Not surprising as it is not only very beautiful, it also abounds with wonderful flora and fauna – it’s a very special place.

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http://www.birdlife.org/europe-and-central-asia/news/western-tien-shan-declared-world-heritage-site

Now, if only we can stop it from being used as a garbage dump…

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