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Bear in mind that NZ is literally the Land that Time Forgot, having separated from the mother continent before the appearance of mammals, or even their Australian or South American prototype versions.

Giving it a specific flora and fauna found nowhere else, which has been retreating since the first mammals arrived a mere thousand years ago (us, accompanied by dogs and rats). The European cultivar of "us" radically worsened the position by bringing in more bird-and-egg-eating warm furries (cats, stoats and possums, in particular) driving most of the ground-living birds to extinction on the main islands.

Extermination of the exotic mammals is therefore desirable, from the viewpoint of biodiversity. But unlikely : the cat is out of the bag.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Wed Jan 23rd, 2013 at 08:29:48 AM EST
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