The rare native birds placed on Parliament’s steps during an anti-1080 protest were “almost certainly” bludgeoned to death, the Speaker says.
He has referred the matter to police.
The birds were definitely killed by blunt force trauma, and Massey University is now performing post-mortems on them to ascertain exactly whether or not they were bludgeoned.
About a dozen birds were placed on Parliament’s steps, including five native birds who have protected status, meaning it is illegal to kill or possess them.
If they did, I hope they are prosecuted. What a terrible thing to do.
They now claim they were road kill. That is possible. But as they had already claimed there were poisoned by 1080 they are liars so you can’t trust what they say.