This has not been the work of wandering, out-of-control dogs or inconsiderate, dangerous motorists. What is particularly disturbing in a small community such as ours is that it has been confirmed as the work of a person or persons. These birds have been left to die a sickening, grisly death. This is obviously the product of a sick mind or minds.
Such offenders often come from families where there is a culture of violence – physical, mental or both. That there are such perpetrators and families on the island is a deep cause for concern for all of us. Those of us who have lived here for any length of time know there is a culture of bullying on Waiheke by young and old. It is a dark underbelly that is too often masked by passive-aggressive individuals preaching an alternative life view. Violence is bred and fostered in the young of families where there is a culture of entitlement, hatred and thinly veiled anger and, in this case, has been taken out on beautiful, much loved, defenceless animals.
What I hope does not happen to the culprits is that they are given a ‘slap over the wrist with a wet bus ticket’ – either because of age or misguided political correctness. That would send entirely the wrong message, because it would convey to the offenders that this is not a serious matter, when it patently is!
I hope, for the sake of those responsible, is that they are caught and dealt with - soon and swiftly. I say for the sake of the culprit/s, because it is a well documented fact that those who kill animals for pleasure, especially when they are young, often go on to lives of escalating violence leading to the taking of human life. If the, I presume, young offenders can be caught now there might be a chance for rehabilitation.
The family/families need to take this seriously. As a community, we can all make it clear that such unacceptable behaviour has no place on Waiheke.