Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Petition to stop the scheduled killing of Arapawa goats in New Zealand

Arapawa Island goats - doomed to be culled in January - are believed to be
descendants of the Old English goats that died out in the UK during the
severe winter of 1954. There are, worldwide, no more than 360.
Recognising that the Arapawa goat is a separate breed of goat and not a
crossbred feral, the Committee of the Rare Breeds Conservation Society of
New Zealand gave and approved the goats "rare breed priority" listing at
its meeting of 27 May 2004. However, the new Minister for Conservation,
"Stephanie Chadwick, sees them -not as a unique genetic resource - but as vermin.
In connection with her
scheme for removing all "pests" from other islands she recently spoke
of "restoring the islands and repopulating them with rare native species..."
- a sort of ethnic cleansing of fauna to preserve the flora. (The goats
nibble the trees and bushes but do not destroy them.)

PLEASE SIGN:
Petition to stop the scheduled killing of Arapawa goats in New Zealand