Monday, October 5, 2009

Oh Fer Crying out Loud.........

PC gone crazier than usual.........from the UK.....

Parakeets are 'as British as curry' and shooting them would be racist, according to wildlife experts who are fighting a decision to allow the exotic birds to be culled.

This week Natural England officially deemed the ring-necked parakeet as a pest, making it possible to shoot the birds without a licence.

However Dr Ian Rotherham, Director of the Environmental Change Research Unit at Sheffield Hallam University, said there is a danger that labelling parakeets as a "nasty alien" just because they are from abroad could be seen as a form of "racism" towards a foreign species.

"If there is a problem - for example with the birds taking fruit - then we have to take steps to deal with it. If you start to label it as alien then that is some sort of racism. Eco-xenophobia is the label I would use.

"I suspect there is an underlying view it is because they are alien, but it should be because they are a problem."

Matthew Frith, Deputy Chief Executive of the London Wildlife Trust, said parakeets were "as British as curry" and agreed it was dangerous to label the birds as a pest just because they are foreign.

"Parakeets are birds from the Indian sub-continent that came here is the last century and are doing very well. Just like curry," he said.

*But.....I guess that clears me of being a Rascist, because I own Four of the little buggers......*

Oops, did I say "own"?
Guess I am a Rascist....and Eco=Xenophobe.