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Mr James Buekland, in a paper,; on :V: " The Destruction: of -Wild Bird liife^j 1 • ; said, that, not only wk© the revolting massacres and sickening cruelties some- v thing that the trade could 'controls but \; : . the tride was directly responsible for them. Let the dealers refuse to profit■ by this business, and the horrifying brutalities that! had: scandalised the world would come to aii end and in an ( instant. (Cheers.) ■;■. : / " . Mr Oscar Evans, president of? the South AlTiean. Ostrich Breeders' Asso-'■:■:-ciation, said that therel was,less;-harm; > ; done to an ostrich in the' plucking, of : , its ornamental feathers, which were: the only ones takenj than was done-td a. ; sheep which was sheared..y-'But for os- > trich-farming, the bird, which -was the: x most -pampered of any [farmed, wbulc}. have been extinct Jong ago. ■;.;•;.*■ ; :: ';■:- Mr George, Wbybrow said 'that from , nine : y?ar £';^experiehce^t^British;:New'^i; Guinea lie could contradict -the^ state-; ;/ ment that "the hatiyes killed"' birds of /;: paradise unless ;they were old males. Youngciinales'haa!'scarcely ■A.anjr; plum age. As for .the goura pigeoii, that> was a bird which •.; was> taken for; food,' and was very easily killed. Largely, the destruction of; that species of-, bird ; '\ was attributable-to the native missionaries, Avho .p^the.coast line acted under " the London 3lissionary Society. : The ;dliaimani "replied that in the ;'; Londpn market the^ could see alPkinds of birds of paradise, some with just a ■ trace of>. plumes ? Why should Tthe adult ingles. jb^t .killed at all ? ! :■;' ; A Voice ; ■ Wh^ do you kill u pheas-1 : aatS ?.■'..'".■.";-,; iT»'-----•■■■■•■'■•'"■•.■•.; ;:.■.;. . ' '■;':.'':.: ',-:. /■■ Mr Whybrbw explained that he waSj not interested in the trade, but ho'; .';. spoke of; what, he knew,: was the fact. : Mr Downhfeiii said he could give then chairman a paper signed by 17 ,pf : the: leading importers of ostrich feathers,; authorising him to state v that they were> opposed to the Plumage' Billy and that did - not support thb view that -the ]■ b'ill,wasin.; favour of -the! ostrich' featlier v industry^.,:■,■■■'■. '.';■.■';;■::■ '::■>.!'■• -v ■; '■-:;,■■'■■■ ■"'•'"■';'";.-...' The' Chairman declined to allow a speech on thei subject. _; ;• ;■ , ' Mr Dpwnham: You object to;us,pre-. Bfinting two sides ,of ■ the/ guestiop^.v ,• - ' Thr ; \Ch4-nVmw : >:;];-:'--N9,:^'-We-\>x'e.;;t!B_r©:.',, to prastnitvbilr^lside' of the questiojii.:> v.lf;'■'•; 'you wisii'-to 'present''your side of it, call another .iPßeting. After, further interruption, the chairman added that he; .■, would be. sorry to have to ask .anyone to withdraw, but if more delay was caused he would have, to adopt that course. While exhibiting pictures showing the effect of the work, of plumage, hunters, Mr Buckland's statementi that, on one island, where formally there were 259,000 albatrosses, very few now remained, was challenged by a member of the audience, who remarked;" They have" flown away." The lecturer replied that it was difficult not to use strong: language, Jb.ut.if lie could joke about roassarrps h<v~ would go outside; and ■•■ shoot himself. .' .; ■ ; v ■

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TRADES RESPONSIBILITY., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8809, 4 March 1914

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TRADES RESPONSIBILITY. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8809, 4 March 1914