2008年6月2日月曜日

豪 カンガルー生命を売買へ

豪愛護団体はカンガルー虐殺阻止に離婚慰謝料を補填する検討を始めた。
軍関係者はカンガルーを移動させると納税者におよそ350万豪ドル(約35億円)が
かかると言ったため、愛護団体はヘザー・ミルズが離婚した際、
「慰謝料を動物愛護団体にすべて寄付する」との発言を頼りに、2430万ポンド
(約47億円)から寄付の検討を依頼するとのこと。
人口過密やパニックにより、ストレスがたまり走り回ったため、子カンガルー
が他のカンガルーにより踏みつけられ死ぬ場面があると言う活動家もいる。

軍は税金から35億円もカンガルーのために支出できないと言うなら、その支出
を補填しようと言う愛護団体。政府よりも個人が金銭を持っているために
出てきた対処方法なのだろう。背に腹は変えられないのはわかるが、やっぱり
違和感がある。
カンガルーの生命は金銭で売買できることを実証してしまったと思う。
偽愛護団体だから道徳よりも金か。

---Cruel or a necessary evil?---
Lisa Martin
June 2, 2008
http://www.theage.com.au/news/education-news/cruel-or-a-necessary-evil/2008/05/30/1211654321584.html?page=fullpage#contentSwap2

Animal rights activists insist roo deaths are needless; others say doing nothing condemns animals to starvation.

1. Why cull kangaroos?
A cull is targeting about 400 kangaroos on Defence Department land in the ACT. The eastern grey kangaroos are being tranquillised with darts and then put down with lethal injections. The cull is being carried out the Belconnen Naval Transmission Station, a 143-hectare site, to counter a population explosion of about 600 kangaroos.

The Defence Department says the cull will protect native grasslands and threatened species such as the Ginninderra peppercress and the Perunga grasshopper and golden sun moth. It says reducing kangaroo numbers will prevent the animals from starving during the continuing drought.

The RSPCA, which is monitoring the cull, says the kangaroo population got out of control because the site has not been actively managed and a fertility management plan should have been developed.

The cull has been condemned by animal welfare groups. At the start of the cull about 70 protesters rallied at the main gates of the defence site, carrying signs saying "killing fields shame". About a dozen people have since been arrested for allegedly trespassing and causing damage.

Eight were indigenous protesters, including an Aboriginal elder, who had set up camp and were trying to make a land claim to stop the cull.

2. What is the alternative?
Animal welfare groups say that rather than killing the animals, they should be relocated to another site, or interstate. The Defence Department cancelled a planned cull in March following public outrage, but after investigating relocation options it decided to go ahead with the new cull. Moving the kangaroos would cost taxpayers about $3.5million, the department said. Animal Liberation claimed it could move the animals for $750,000 and said it had started contacting sponsors, including musician and former Beatles member, vegetarian Sir Paul McCartney.

3. What are the concerns?
Animal groups claim that the kangaroo cull is cruel and inhumane. They say the animals are suffering from stress during the cull's tranquillising phase. An activist from Animal Liberation claimed to have footage of "a joey being trampled to death by the other kangaroos as they rushed around in panic".

Others say it is less cruel to reduce roo numbers than to let them starve to death. They say culling kangaroos is a daily event across Australia and is becoming an important industry. Millions of kangaroos are harvested for their meat, which ends up on dinner plates locally and internationally, or as pet food.

Critics also warn that the cull is damaging Australia's standing internationally. The kangaroo cull has been given enormous coverage in Japan, where the pro-whaling movement says that demanding that whales be saved and not kangaroos is hypocritical. Last year, Australia led international criticism against Japan for its annual whale hunt in the Southern Ocean.

Foreign Affairs Minister, Stephen Smith dismissed those claims, saying the cull is based on scientific evidence and the need for environmentally sustainable practices.

4. Recent headlines
"Darting roos still best option: RSPCA" Sydney Morning Herald, May 19

" Cries of shame over roo shoot" Herald Sun, May 20

" Traditional landowners stake claim on roo cull site" ABC News (www.abc.net.au) May 21

"Canberra whale and roo protests coincide" theage.com.au, May 22

5. What people say
"A properly-administered humane cull, difficult as it is, is the right course of action. As a regrettable last option, these kinds of actions have to be taken. You have to look at other species that are being affected by those kangaroos. The authorities have to undertake this in a way which is appropriate and is humane, and I'm sure they will do that."

Federal Environment Minister, Peter Garrett, The Age, May 20

"I've put to them that if it's too expensive for the defence force to pay for the relocation - and that's the only reason they are killing them - then Animal Liberation and the other wildlife groups will gladly take the relocation on board and do it for them. We are going to put it to (Sir) Paul McCartney and (his ex-wife) Heather Mills as well. (She's) said that she will donate all the money from her divorce proceedings to animal welfare groups."

Animal Liberation NSW spokeswoman, Angie Stephenson, The Age, May 20

"A lot of people have been saying that the kangaroos have been a little bit stressed and there's some concern about the tranquillising phase. Legally we have no jurisdiction, so the Department of Defence are doing the right thing by even allowing our inspectors on site. They could be ... locking the gates and saying, sorry nobody has access, but they are willingly opening the gates and allowing RSPCA inspectors to have a look at what's going on."

RSPCA spokesman, Michael Linke, Sydney Morning Herald, May 20

"They're shooting them - there's a lot of room for error and it's quite barbaric. They just corral about 10 at a time and start shooting them - they're killing about 40animals a day so this is going to take over a week. Environment Minister Peter Garrett has lost all credibility - he's let us down badly. It's very disappointing."

Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital manager, Gail Gipp, Herald Sun, May 23

6. Your view
Should we cull kangaroos? Is there an alternative? Are Australians being hypocritical by lobbying to stop Japanese to stop whaling while culling our own national emblem? Should we accept kangaroo meat as a less environmentally damaging alternative to beef or sheep?


---ポール・マッカートニーとヘザー・ミルズ、ついに離婚調停に決着---
2008/4/14
http://top.25today.com/sports/mega/post_170.php

ポール・マッカートニーとヘザー・ミルズ、ついに離婚調停に決着
 2006年に別居を始めて以来、熾烈な法廷争いが続いていた元ビートルズのメンバー、ポール・マッカートニー(65)とヘザー・ミルズ(40)の離婚調停が3月17日、ロンドンの高等法院でようやく終結を迎えた。3月31日付週刊誌「Who」が伝えた。
 ポールは2002年、元モデルのヘザーと結婚。2003年には娘、ビトリースちゃんが生まれている。しかし2人は2006年に離婚を発表、以来別居生活を続けていた。ポールはヘザーに対し、2人の結婚生活に関する秘密保持を求めるなど、慰謝料その他もろもろをめぐって大バトルを繰り広げ、離婚について「まさに地獄」と激白していた。それでも離婚調停に関しては比較的穏やかな姿勢を貫いてきたポール。そんな彼の態度とは裏腹に、ヘザーはポールとの離婚が明らかになって以来、「ポールとの結婚は金目当て」など、タブロイド誌をはじめとするメディアからバッシングを受け、完全な「悪女」扱い。本人は、殺しの脅しを受けたことも明らかにし、公然とメディアの非難に立ち向かうなど、何かと物議を醸していた。
 ヘザーは当初、慰謝料1億2,500万ポンドを要求しており、昨年10月には英国史上最高の総額5,000万ポンドの慰謝料での合意もささやかれていた。しかし17日の審議の結果、ヘザーの慰謝料は2,430万ポンド(約47億円)で決着が着いた。そんなヘザーは、17日の審議中には、マッカートニーの弁護士に「私は負け犬なんかじゃない」と告げ、頭から水差しの水をかけ、後に、同弁護士を「洗礼した」、「彼女の頭に水差しいっぱいの水をかけたの。でも、私は冷静だったわ」と語るなど、最後まで問題行動を起こした。

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