Moustached Kingfisher Photographed for the First Time Then Euthanized

Below is a guest post by the animal and human rights activist and supporter of free software Luis Leonel.

MOUSTACHED KINGFISHER PHOTOGRAPHED FOR FIRST TIME AND THEN EUTHANIZED

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CHRISTOPHER FILARDI is the director to PACIFIC PROGRAMS for the AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY’S CENTER FOR BIODIVERSITY AND CONSERVATION.

He recently found and photographed the first male MOUSTACHED KINGFISHER ever recorded, the elusive adorable “ghost bird” of the Solomon Islands he’d sought for more than 20 years. Then he euthanized the individual bird to preserve as part of the scientific record, after assessing the state of the population and the state of the habitat, and concluding it was substantial and healthy enough that taking the specimen—the only male ever observed by science—would not affect the population’s success.

“Killing ‘in the name of conservation’ or ‘in the name of education’ or ‘in the name of whatever’ simply needs to stop. It is wrong and sets a horrific precedent for future research and for children. Imagine what a youngster would think if he or she heard something like, ‘I met a rare and gorgeous bird today… and I killed him.’ Even if this handsome male were a member of a common species, there was no reason to kill him. It sickens me that this practice continues and I hope more people will work hard to put an end to it right now, before more fascinating animals are killed,” MARC BEKOFF, Professor emeritus of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Colorado, wrote on his article “Ridiculously Gorgeous Rare Bird” Photographed, Caught, and … Killed by Researcher”

The photo shows Christopher Filardi grabbing the beautiful MOUSTACHED KINGFISHER bird. Perhaps, with that hand he killed the defenseless and innocent animal.

You may be asking yourself now what the difference between Christopher Filardi and Denmark zoos researchers is. The answer is none.

WHY I COLLECTED A MOUSTACHED KINGFISHER (OR WHY I KILLED A MOUSTACHED KINGFISHER), BY CHRISTOPHER FILARDI
https://www.audubon.org/news/why-i-collected-moustached-kingfisher

“RIDICULOUSLY GORGEOUS RARE BIRD” PHOTOGRAPHED, CAUGHT, AND … KILLED BY RESEARCHER, BY MARC BEKOFF
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/marc-bekoff/ridiculously-gorgeous-rar_b_8201720.html?utm_source=thedodo.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=pubexchange_article

FIELD JOURNAL: FINDING GHOSTS
http://www.amnh.org/explore/news-blogs/from-the-field-posts/field-journal-finding-ghosts?utm_source=social-media&utm_medium=twitter&utm_term=20150923-wed&utm_campaign=expedition

MOUSTACHED KINGFISHER PHOTOGRAPHED FOR FIRST TIME
https://www.audubon.org/news/moustached-kingfisher-photographed-first-time

A SCIENTIST FOUND A BIRD THAT HADN’T BEEN SEEN IN HALF A CENTURY, THEN KILLED IT. HERE’S WHY
http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2015/10/12/a-scientist-found-a-bird-that-hadnt-been-seen-in-half-a-century-then-killed-it-heres-why/

CHRISTOPHER FILARDI
Director, Pacific Programs
Email: filardi@amnh.org
Phone: 212-313-7431

CENTER FOR BIODIVERSITY AND CONSERVATION
American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West at 79th Street
New York, New York 10024 USA

Phone: 212 769 5742
Fax: 212 769 5292
biodiversity@amnh.org

CENTER FOR BIODIVERSITY AND CONSERVATION WEBSITE
http://www.amnh.org/our-research/center-for-biodiversity-conservation

AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY WEBSITE
http://www.amnh.org/

AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY ON FACEBOOK
https://www.facebook.com/naturalhistory

AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY ON TWITTER
https://twitter.com/amnh

 

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6 thoughts on “Moustached Kingfisher Photographed for the First Time Then Euthanized

  1. The behavior of this “researcher” epitomizes western European colonial ideology. We react with shock and dismay and yet…this is the worldview most of we white skinned humans are fed from birth onward. Greed (here the desire was to obtain something for the “scientific record”) trumps life. When we see it in clear manifestations like this we may be upset…but in truth…we live and breathe this sort of perspective all the time. We just mostly keep it out of our conscious awareness. Our human world is formed and bounded by these sorts of notions and when instances like this make them apparent to us…well…welcome to our world view in action.

    • An interesting comment. Indeed our treatment of animals may be considered a form of colonialism and yes subconsciously we may be fed with this type of mentality, which many again subconsciously accept without thought or question. We may perceive our relationship with animals and indeed other humans through the distorted perspective of this ideology. Though for me personally this has never been the case. Thankfully some of us question this and do not accept the status quo and are shocked and desire to bring an end to such outdated and unjust ideology whether inflicted upon humans or non humans.

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