PAN-Madeira against eradication of Desertas Islands goats by shooting
The Diario reports online that animal welfare group PAN-Madeira has met with Manuel Filipe of the Institute of Forests and Nature Conservation (IFCN) with the intention of collecting information on the Desertas Islands goats, “and expressed their most vehement repudiation of how they were exterminated on the island of Bugio, and in the form of eradication by random shooting that these animals, adults and babies, are still being subjected to on Deserta Grande”.
In a statement the party said that it had requested a meeting with the Regional Secretariat for the Environment and Natural Resources, which is responsible for IFCN “in order to discuss this issue ….. and end what it considers to be archaic acts committed in total disagreement with the most basic ethical principles and with the Universal Declaration of the Rights of Animals”.
Passing seamen originally left goats and rabbits to breed on the islands to provide fresh food. According to some reports as many as 700 goats have been shot so far on Deserta Grande, but they have not been successfully eradicated.