Dear Members of Birdwatch Philippines and Friends of the Environment!
My name is Josef and I am an avid lover of the environment. In the
past years I have been engaged in bird conservation work with our
local NFEFI (Negros Forest Ecological Foundation)and have spent a
lot of time, resources and effort in trying to provide a safe and
healthy environment for birds and other animals.
Consequently I had the shock of my life whilst browsing Google
for bird information yesterday. An innocuous looking link
popped up in the search results and it took a while for the
header to sink in : "The Bacolod Air Rifle Hunting Club".
My curiosity being piqued I decided to click the link and
do some exploratory browsing with a bit of a heavy feeling
in my stomach, but nothing could have prepared me for the
Quarry (are birds rocks???) and Photos section of this ghastly
website. It was like being stabbed through the heart, hundreds
of hundreds of massacred doves of all kinds, mallards. whistling
ducks and snipes. It was unbelievable seeing all this. One
man in the pictures you will see has more dead ducks around
his neck than i have ever seen in the wild. This is a screaming
injustice and DECIDEDLY ILLEGAL. I am very intent on getting
the media and the public to focus on this issue as these "hunters"
have apparently been doing this for quite some time and in
the process been reducing the already dwindling wild populations
of these beautiful endemic birds to alarming proportions.
The two of us alone cannot achieve much but if we all work
together perhaps we may be able to create enough attention
to shame these murderers into stopping this wholesale massacre
and bring the responsible felons to justice.
I would like to request of you to save the webpage before
it gets shut down and spread the link and this email to the
press and any friends who you may have who could help make
this outrageous "clubs" activities public. The resulting
stir may be enough to force our government into action and
bring these criminals to justice.
Your help or advice in any form would be very much appreciated!
Josef M. Sagemuller
The links are as follow:
kindly also browse the guestbook for some interesting
remarks..as you can see the repercussions of this site are