So green eco-terrorists lie. What’s new? Problem is that they waste time and money

Some green eco-terrorists have made claims about the death of a Maui dolphin. It turns out they have zero evidence of their claims and a wild goose chase has ensued to find out what, if anything, has happened.

A cover-up is being alleged over the death of a critically endangered Maui’s dolphin outside a protected are off Taranaki, but the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) says the claim is unsubstantiated.

German conservation group NABU International spent three years trying to verify claims it had heard one of the dolphins was caught in a gillnet during the 2012/2013 fishing year.

It claims to have a statement from an eyewitness on the boat who said an official government observer told them he had “seen nothing”.

There are no recorded deaths of Maui’s dolphin in the official database of fishing bycatch for the 2012/2013 year. There are estimated to be around 50 of the mammals left.

NABU head of endangered species conservation Dr Barbara Maas says the group had tried for years to get MPI to confirm the rumour.

“To no avail, and given there are so few animals, we felt compelled to make this information available to the public in the hope it would spark some much-needed change.”

So there is no evidence and so they published their lies anyway.

She says all those on the vessel saw the dolphin being pulled in by the net.

“From what I understand they were quite distressed about it because they knew they would have to report it and it would be a lot of paperwork.”

Dr Maas, who had previously lived in New Zealand and worked for the Department of Conservation in bycatch mitigation, said the Government has a stark choice about their treatment of the rare dolphin.

“There’s an anti-science stance that can only lead to their extinction. Either you pull the gillnets or trawl nets out of the area in which the dolphins live, which is what everybody has suggested including us, or Maui’s dolphins will go extinct — that’s the choice.”

Is she surprised? She has made allegations with zero evidence. That isn’t science…that is fraud.

She warns if nothing is done, New Zealand could be on the brink of claiming an unwanted reputation.

“Let’s make a science-based decision and protect these animals otherwise New Zealand will be the first to drive a marine cetacean to extinction which is something the whalers haven’t managed to do.”

Dr Maas says the protection area which covers the dolphins’ habitat, mostly around the west coast of the North Island, should be increased.

I’m all for a science based decision. I’ll make one now. Dr Maas is a silly cow and has zero evidence.

But wait Greenpeace is demanding an investigation into the non-evidence.

Greenpeace wants an immediate independent investigation into the claims, saying it is shocked by the allegation.

“It is incredibly serious if, as NABU allege, the Government agency responsible for enforcing the regulations protecting Maui is actually complicit in covering up one of their deaths. This loss would equate to 2 percent of the remaining Maui dolphin global population,” New Zealand executive director Russel Norman says.

“It certainly raises questions as to the integrity of New Zealand’s system of regulating the fishing industry. It can only be dealt with by an independent investigation into the Ministry.”

No, it raises questions as to the integrity of Greenpeace and this dopey Kraut eco-terrorist unit who have not even presented a single affidavit from anyone on the boat. MPI should just tell them all to feck off.



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