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May 29th 2012 4:14AM Didn't they have a similar attitude with ferrets too?
It does seem strange to me the concept of introducing an animal in the wild where it's not meant to be. New Zealand does seem to have a lot of lazy animals who had no idea on how to run let alone fight when a predator entered on their turf.
It's quite a good philosophical question actually - Do you kill off a animal like this to restore nature to how it was, committing mass animal genocide in doing so, but potentially saving many other species. Or do you let it continue under some animal rights act, and watch as all the varied and natural species of a area die out due to former human ineptness.
Inaction is the same as making a choice, so it's a hard decision to make. Personally I'd edge towards siding with the kiwi's and taking out the foreign entity. But can you imagine this viewpoint if it was humans? Mass immigration is a problem in many countries, killing them off to restore how it was is not typically a option. I believe some bloke called Hitler tried that once.
Aug 17th 2010 1:10PM Carlo - Aren't you part of Matador and promote the travel writing course (MatadorU) who regularly use Matt as an example of a good travel writer that we should look up too?