UK online daily touts Barbados as a haven for Migratory Bird Slayers: How does this affect the Graeme Hall Sanctuary?
Barbadians are a contradictory lot – we object to casinos as we play slots, lottery and scratch-cards (as the other games are here, let the roulette wheels roll – legislate that type of gambling for overseas concerns only, like Cuba); we promote safe sex and HIV-awareness yet turn our eyes when other sexual misdemeanours happen; we neuter stray dogs and cats only to splatter them on the highway like if they are targets in a video game…
The latest contradiction uncovered in Britain about us? We think the sale of the Graeme Hall Sanctuary is bad yet we pick off the inhabitants like if they were a prize at Coney Island, this is what encountered –
Around 20,000 migratory birds are shot by ?wildfowlers? [ ] in Barbados every year.
According to university lecturer and conservationist, Dr. Karl Watson, bird shooting occurred mainly in the districts of St. Lucy, St. Philip, and Christ Church, and the main species shot were the Lesser Yellowlegs, the Chirp, and Greater Yellowlegs more commonly called .
Bird watching season began last week in Barbados, and Watson said that between ten and 15 per cent of the approximately 300,000 migratory birds that pass through the island from North America were the shooters? target.
Concerned by the large number of birds shot, Watson called on shooters to restrict the ?number of birds they shoot during the July 15 to October 15 season.?
Professor Watson respects the need for certain Bajans to hunt, but wants them to to engage in their pursuit the same way we cannot harvest sea-eggs if there is an “R” in the month – even then that is not always the case, it can be longer to build the sea-egg stock!
The conservation areas of the world –
Despite wildlife protection legislation, no one had ever been prosecuted in the law courts for shooting the birds. south eastern part of the island for drinking water after flying thousands of miles from North America to Barbados., an avid bird watcher, said the birds used the artificial swamps in the north and