The photo that will not die

The Northland Age - - Local News -

A photo of dead kiwi is once again caus­ing con­tro­versy af­ter the cause of the birds’ deaths was mis­rep­re­sented — this time in a kiwi pro­tec­tion brochure.

Last month a photo taken seven years ear­lier by Kerik­eri Rolf MuellerGlo­dde, show­ing more than 50 dead kiwi, was used by an anti-1080 group claim­ing the birds had been killed by the poi­son when in fact they had been killed, in roughly equal mea­sure, by cars and dogs.

The per­son who made the post, on the Face­book page 1080 Eye­wit­ness, even­tu­ally took it down, but not be­fore it had been shared more than 1500 times.

Now the pro-dog lobby group Bay of Is­lands Watch­Dogs has found the same photo be­ing used in a pam­phlet for dog own­ers pro­duced by the Whangarei and Kaipara district coun­cils, with the cap­tion ‘Kiwi that have been killed by dogs.’

Watch­Dogs co-or­di­na­tor Leonie Ex­cel con­tacted the coun­cils, de­mand­ing the brochure’s with­drawal, say­ing it was mis­lead­ing to claim all kiwi in the photo were killed by dogs when about half died af­ter be­ing hit by cars.

Mark Schreurs, of the Kaipara District Coun­cil, said he was not aware that the birds pic­tured had not all been killed by dogs, but fu­ture ver­sions of the pam­phlet would be cor­rected.

With­draw­ing the leaflet wasn’t nec­es­sary be­cause only a small num­ber were printed each time, and the in­for­ma­tion was re­viewed each time a new batch was pro­duced, Mr Schreurs said.

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