Here are some guys on the other side of the world that could do with our help.
They are fighting against very dubious hunting proposals being put forward by their so called Department of Conservation (DOC).I cannot think believe any responsible stalker would support these proposals - more suited to unethical killers.
A few minutes sending an email as an existing hunting "tourist " or as a potential may help out.
See below for fuller details and suggestions enclosed in an email just sent to me.
Sent: Sun, 10 January, 2010 4:49:17
Subject: Helicopter-hunting of tahr and chamois in NZ will start in February!
Firstly, thank you for signing the petition http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/...r-hunting.html Please continue to encourage your friends to sign, this may be an ongoing battle.
An update on heli-hunting in NZ. A group made up of concerned hunting guides and representatives from the New Zealand Deerstalkers Association recently arranged a meeting with Mike Cuddihy. Mike (to whom I presented the petition) is the DOC conservator who wants to issue heli-hunting concessions. We meet for 5hrs and Mike listened to our concerns. BUT it seems we are fast approaching the deadline of February 19 2010 and NZ is on course to allow for this ridiculous activity which has become known as "heli-hunting."
The below quotes from the NZ department of conservation website, things are not looking good.
“The activity generally involves the helicopter being used to search for and find the trophy, to position the hunter on the ground and, if necessary, the helicopter prevents the animal from escaping until it is shot by the hunter. The helicopter then recovers the hunter and the trophy.”
‘From 5 February until 19 February we will work to put in place a “way of operating” for heli-hunting for the 2010 season. A season of 19th February 2010 to 30th September 2010.’
From March 2010 a public submission process will begin. Even though this process has not even started and no operator holds a concession to do this activity the department of conservation wants to open up heli-hunting in 2010.
Please help us stop this. If DOC issues a way of operating for 2010 it will be the first time heli-hunting has been legal in NZ and it will pave the way for issuing heli-hunting concessions across public conservation land.
Doc has left one last lifeline by way of an online feedback form. Please click this link. http://www.doc.govt.nz/getting-invol...unting/#letter
Scroll half way down the page and find the text Online feedback form click the text and send in your thoughts.
Some points you may want to include are listed below. The main point is.
“I do not want heli-hunting in NZ and I do not want to see a way of operating for 2010” Include where you’re from and a reason for being against heli-hunting if you can.
-Is extremely cruel as animals are chased to exhaustion.
-Is extremely unethical and portrays NZ in a poor light and will chase away far more hunting business than it will attract, it will destroy NZ as a quality hunting destination.
-Has no conservation benefits whatsoever
-Does not occur in any other country in the OECD
-Animals taken in this manner are not recognized by any major hunting organization
-Will destroy our sustainable population of bull tahr and chamois.
-Has killed 2 clients in recent years
-Will benefit a handful of operators to the detriment of all kiwis who public conservation land belongs to.
-Wealthy overseas tourists have the option of private land or game parks.
The department of conservation is also trying to change the Mt Cook National Management park plan to allow for heli-hunting. Please click this link
http://www.doc.govt.nz/getting-invol...national-park/ an send in your thoughts to the email address provided at the bottom of the page.
Main point is “No heli-hunting in Mt Cook National Park, leave the park management plan as it is.”
Quote this point from the park plan if you want to
4.3.3(c) No approval should be given that would increase aircraft activity or aircraft noise within the
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