Geese should not be culled

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION/NEWS -

As for the roads and foot­paths in some ar­eas, they are a dis­grace and a poor re­flec­tion on this city.

Then when they do ac­tu­ally resur­face some ar­eas, like part of Lam­b­ley Rd, it is not done well. A neigh­bour asked me if the coun­cil had ac­tu­ally fin­ished the job!

Try­ing to raise con­cerns with Mr Simp­son and Mr Bai­ley has met with nil re­sponse. I won­der how many more ratepay­ers re­ceive this stan­dard of pro­fes­sion­al­ism while they keep count­ing our mil­lions.

Un­for­tu­nately this be­hav­iour car­ries on be­cause the coun­cil sur­rounds it­self with ‘‘yes min­is­ters’’, ready to de­fend poor be­hav­iour and re­spond on its be­half.

Those who ask ques­tions, act in­de­pen­dently and ex­pect more for our city are quickly marginalised.

I have read an an­nounce­ment that Guardians of the Pau­ata­hanui Inlet sup­ported geese con­trols.

It be­lieves the anec­do­tal in­for­ma­tion it possesses in­di­cates the geese are a threat to the eco­log­i­cal bal­ance of the inlet.

Anec­do­tal in­for­ma­tion can be mis­lead­ing. For ex­am­ple, ‘‘a goose eats as much grass as a sheep’’, or ‘‘hordes of black backed gulls fly over the Porirua CBD, drop­ping bones and con­doms’’. Sci­en­tific in­for­ma­tion is prefer­able. The term ‘‘con­trol’’ has been care­fully cho­sen to lessen pub­lic dis­may by avoid­ing the word ‘‘cull’’.

Culling takes place when the wa­ter fowl are in moult and un­able to fly. They are bat­tered to death or shot when they at­tempt to de­fend their young.

The last line of the ar­ti­cle I read on the sub­ject said that Guardians of the Pau­ata­hanui Inlet did not hold a view on any spe­cific method of con­trol.

It’s like the wash­ing of hands of Pon­tius Pi­late. It’s so much eas­ier to ac­cept ‘‘con­trol’’ than face up to the re­al­ity of ‘‘cull’’.

Canada geese are not on the na­tional list of pests, though land own­ers may kill them if they are a nui­sance. There­fore it is a moral is­sue.

The sad thing about this prob­lem is that the geese will fly away any­way to seek quiet places to rest when the Trans­mis­sion Gully road project pro­ceeds, and the big ma­chines are in oper­a­tion.

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