In a few weeks we in Ontario will be encouraging the killing by shooting of a defenceless Ontario bird – the double-crested cormorant. Not just one or two but 15 per person per day from October to the end of the year is to be allowed. This is a new government law.
Do most even know what a cormorant looks like? Well, it is the same size and colour as our loon, the iconic night watchman of our northern lakes and indeed, even looks and acts very much like it. It appears within the same lake areas.
How then does one tell the difference between those two water-diving birds? During that period of late fall, the loon will have lost its stripy colours preparing to migrate south. The young of the year will not even have attained any white-ness of adulthood. They all are just – black, swimming ducks.
Is this all not akin to barbarism? An indiscriminate slaughter of some amazing birds, which are among the most advanced “animals” (second to humans?) of our world.
The huntsmen will be leaving the dead or injured birds to rot, for they are not especially edible. They will end up beside a rocky islet or shoreline. That will be the messy result. How will anyone actually know how many they will have killed, more or less than 15?
Why encourage such slaughter? Because with nothing but supposition, no useful proof, the cormorants allegedly eat too many potentially human-edible fish. They have in the past 20 or so years become very common in some areas of the province.
That there would, indeed, need be a lot of fish around to encourage and enable a lot of fish-eating cormorants is not apparently noticeable. What is allegedly significant to some highly politicized fishermen is that they might be a cause of the reduction of a fishermen’s catches.
Can you believe this human intrusion, this day and age, into nature’s way? It is even contrary to the Canada US Migratory Treaty Act, going back many, many years. Such destruction should cause disgust within civilized humans.
But, also, be careful. Someone slaughtering without need for much care, likely from a boat, a bunch of very interesting birds in your northern lakes might, beyond the beloved common loon, even pierce your journeying hide. But mostly, pity the poor cormorant!
Show your objection to all this! Tell your member; it is wrong, barbarisly wrong.