Tuesday 7 June 2016
Mr Borsak from the Fishers and Shooters party has shot back (luckily not literally) at the Animal Justice Party for placing him first on their Dirty Dozen politicians’ list.
According to Mr Bruce Poon, lead senate candidate in Victoria for the Animal Justice Party, “Mr Borsak is stuck in the past.”
“If he was aware of the science, he would know that according to the 2014 World Wide Fund for Nature’s Living Planet report, mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish declined 52% between 1970 and 2010. That decline includes endangered species who are the target of trophy hunters like Borsak.”
In fact, worldwide, vertebrate species populations are about half the size they were 40 years ago.”
“Mr Borsak and his fellow shooters do not only hunt ‘pest species’. They also hunt native and endangered water birds. They pull endangered fish species out of the water and gleefully contribute to the worldwide decline that we are seeing in animal species.”
“Is Mr Borsak aware of the science showing that the biggest issue facing Australia, and indeed, the world today is global warming?”
“You might ask what is the relevance of that to Mr Borsak’s predilection to eating meat?”
“While Borsak looks to the past, any progressive thinking individual aware of the science, will tell you that in a world that is surging towards 9.1 billion people by 2050, a shift towards a plant-based diet is vital to save us from the worst impacts of climate change.”
“In fact, only a couple of weeks ago, an atmospheric monitoring station in remote north-west Tasmania recorded carbon dioxide at regionally record levels of 440 parts per million which CSIRO scientist Paul Krummel warned “are concerning”.
“Western tastes for diets rich in meat and dairy are unsustainable – pure and simple.”
“But why should we be surprised when a man behaving like a cave man in the 21st century calls evidence-based action and progressive thinking ‘delusional nirvana’?”
Contacts for comment:
AJP Victorian Senate Candidate Bruce Poon: phone 0400 248 226; Email: [email protected]