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
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
“RIDICULOUSLY GORGEOUS RARE BIRD” PHOTOGRAPHED, CAUGHT, AND … KILLED BY RESEARCHER, BY MARC BEKOFF
FIELD JOURNAL: FINDING GHOSTS
MOUSTACHED KINGFISHER PHOTOGRAPHED FOR FIRST TIME
A SCIENTIST FOUND A BIRD THAT HADN’T BEEN SEEN IN HALF A CENTURY, THEN KILLED IT. HERE’S WHY
Director, Pacific Programs
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
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