It’s a sig­nif­i­cant mi­nor­ity has­sling Cu­rio Bay wildlife

The Southland Times - - Opinion -

Just read your ar­ti­cle about Cu­rio Bay pen­guins (Jan­uary 10).

As lo­cal res­i­dents and tourist op­er­a­tors from Cu­rio Bay we have just heard that a num­ber of cam­pers over New Year were evicted due to hav­ing dogs with them while camp­ing even af­ter sign­ing-in declar­ing that dogs were not al­lowed.

Also I have had to have words with a South­land school group which was search­ing for pen­guins in a nest­ing area and also tak­ing fos­sils with them as sou­venirs.

DOC has said only 1 to 2 per cent of vis­i­tors are caus­ing trou­ble.

Well, 100,000 peo­ple visit Cu­rio Bay per year; that’s 1000 to 2000 peo­ple. This is a sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of is­sues.

We have gone to the an­nual meet­ing of the South Catlins Char­i­ta­ble Trust which man­ages the Cu­rio camp­ing ground and have brought to their at­ten­tion that peo­ple have been get­ting too close to wildlife and that they need to re­strict ac­cess when there are no war­dens on duty.

We get guests com­ment­ing weekly that peo­ple are has­sling wildlife at the pet­ri­fied for­est.

We un­der­stand that the de­cline of the yel­low eyed pen­guins (hoiho) on the main­land is due to many un­known fac­tors but we should take ac­tion where we can to pro­tect this rare pen­guin.

We feel DOC and trust have failed to lis­ten to their com­mu­nity, at the ex­pense of the yel­low-eyed pen­guin.

Nick and Dani Strat­ford and that the vast ma­jor­ity of such bills fail, but does this make vol­un­tary eu­thana­sia morally wrong?

Yes, if you con­sider that New Zealand was wrong to give women the vote in 1893, be­cause all other coun­tries de­nied half their pop­u­la­tions the vote.

And con­sider ho­mo­sex­ual law re­form. In 1900 male ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity was il­le­gal in the vast ma­jor­ity of coun­tries, de­spite the bi­o­log­i­cal fact that ho­mo­sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion is as much part of a per­son’s na­ture as left-hand­ed­ness.

But in the last hun­dred years laws in 118 coun­tries have caught up with bi­ol­ogy, leav­ing only 74 lan­guish­ing in the moral dark ages.

The world in in the early stages of ac­knowl­edg­ing the ul­ti­mate hu­man right, the right to die at a time of one’s choos­ing.

Stephen Fran­cis is on the wrong side of his­tory. Martin Han­son

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