Slaughter of wild birds in Italy

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During the hunting season three quarters of a million people shoot wild birds for sport in northern Italy. Rare species such as greater flamingos and black storks have been shot and recently a mature golden eagle was lured and shot at close quarters provoking outrage – from some quarters. See the Independent report.

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10 Responses to Slaughter of wild birds in Italy

  1. matt says:

    Maybe we should go and hunt the hunters.

    Read a report recently of Libyan princes dropping into the Niger deserts by helicopter for a spot of hunting. Backed up by dozens of 4x4s they are going around killing off whole herds of rare animals in a weekend. All for his fucking ego. Amazing how one playboy can destroy so many animals, livelihoods and treaties in one go. đŸ˜¦

  2. keithsc says:

    Absolutely horrific – but maybe it is better than the 19th century when so many rich people went hunting game. It makes one think of the fate of the Passenger Pigeon. But since we can’t go and hunt the hunters what can we do? Does education really work?

  3. matt says:

    The UK seems to feed hunters’ habits via estates that desperately need the trade to stay in business. Many are in the Highlands. There’s a sizable trade in supplying the birds to the estates so that there is actually something for the rich fat cats from London, the EU & the US to shoot on their expensive weekend hunting trips. The ‘breed to shoot’ approach seems to contain their bloodlust, unlike as it appears in Italy.

  4. keithsc says:

    But why can’t they just do clay pigeon shooting?

  5. matt says:

    No thrill of the hunt … I suppose.

  6. earthpal says:

    Yes, it’s the smell of the blood they lust after…and a total arrogant belief in their own superiority above all others. When will we learn to be the stewards of nature instead of exploiters?

    Keith, I’m afraid those hunters have a few thousand years of evolving to get through yet.

  7. keithsc says:

    Let’s hope it doesn’t take a few thousand or even a few hundred years or there will be nothing left to shoot I fear. But I’m sure you are right about their total arrogance.

  8. Pete Smith says:

    It’s not just the Italians, it’s a Mediterranean thing. Go for a stroll in the woods on Sardinia or Malta and you’ll see shotgun catridges all over the place, and camouflaged shooting stations every few yards.
    I agree totally with Earthpal’s question “When will we learn to be the stewards of nature instead of exploiters?” (a deliberate misinterpretation of the word “dominion” in Genesis?). But I’m reluctant to throw the word “arrogant” around. People are just doing what they do, and what generations have done before them. Tradition is powerful stuff, and the institutions surrounding these regrettable big boys’ games have a great binding effect on family and wider society.
    I wish they wouldn’t do it, but I kinda see why they do.

  9. earthpal says:

    Fair comment Pete, I shouldn’t over-generalise with my use of the word arrogant. But many hunters do believe that they have the right to dominate and exploit our co-dwellers on this Earth. I’d say that was an arrogant assumption.

    Yes, I can also empathise with the people whose livelihoods depend on the hunt. Long established hunting traditions are hard to break and usually have a community built around them that has come to be a way of life. Not sure what the answer is but *tradition* isn’t always a justification for keeping our bad habits alive. Unethical traditions have been broken before – traditions of which we have believed it’s ok to put man and beast to the extremes for the sake of our own entertainment.

    No easy answers.

  10. matt says:

    Yes, hard to know whether hunting is worse than the farming of animals and the organised, mechanised wholesale slaughter of animals that is a part of it. I’m certainly against the Libyan ‘prince’ hunting for fun & threatening the survival of certain species. The hunting of rabbits for food would seem acceptable though.

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