Australians and Kiwis have a certain healthy rivalry, which has persisted over generations. Generally we are very similar people although we do our best to deny it, and our sheep farmers are nothing like theirs. Animal husbandry has a different connotation over here, which stops short of theirs.
Basically we have similar problems, such as politics, a bad economy, stupid rules, deficits, (but I repeat myself). We share the same feral animals, politicians, rabbits, cats, and foxes. Kiwis tend to see the possums that were imported from here and are now in plague proportions as feral, but hey, they are good Aussie animals, they are lucky to have them. To be fair though, we tend to see Kiwis them selves as ferals, so I guess we are even.
I have to admit though that they have come up with a great idea for dealing with the rabbit problem. They have a charity event called the Great Easter Bunny Hunt, in which teams are formed to go out and hunt these pests. This year it is reported that 47 teams of twelve shooters managed to dispose of something in the order of 23,000 rabbits. This is a pretty good effort in that it disposed of a heap of destructive feral pests, as well as raising thousands of dollars for charity. Who could object?
Oh well, for a start there is dropkick animal welfare group Saving Animals from Euthanasia, (SAFE).
I referred a couple of days ago to the furry critter reflex, which exists among mainly urban populations who are out of touch with reality. SAFE is an organization that caters to these people who perceive rabbits as cute and cuddly without being able to see the destruction they leave in their wake.
Safe director Hans Kriek said he was against the hunt. "It's seen as a party atmosphere, sending people out as inexperienced hunters blasting away at animals. The ones they kill are one thing, the ones they injure are another." …
"You can commit any atrocity you like to animals in the name of hunting, and you fall outside the legislation, which is crazy, because wild animals feel pain just as much as domestic ones," he said.
It’s nice to see that New Zealand has its share of idiots who are anti fun, anti hunting and anti reality. What the hell is supposed to be wrong with hunters enjoying the hunt, doing a public service, and doing charity a good turn while they are at it? I doubt that they can out loony our loony’s, but they are doing a pretty good job of trying. Perhaps they could become more competitive if they get Bob Brown from us.
I promise them, its not going to be like, “You can take our Green when you pry him from our cold, dead hand.”