18th October 2011
So much for “experts”: killed the birds they wanted to protect
After well over a hundred years of advancement in biology and chemistry one would have thought that knowledge had at least reached a point when scientists could administer targeted pesticides safely. Unfortunately that appears not to be the case.
305 tonnes of poison bait was spread on an island to save its birds from man-introduced predators (rabbits, cats, rats and mice).
Well, no one seems to have thought that the birds would eat the poison. They did, and thousands have died.
This is known as the law of unintended consequences, or perhaps (?) the law of the unknown unknown.
Human error and ignorance is our great enemy. Only hard questioning and open-minded debate can save us from our perpetual and ceaseless folly.