One of the premiere rules will be No intentional killing of the wildlife.
Really, I don’t care that Indian Minahs are ‘invaders’ and ‘non-indigenous’. That doesn’t give you a right or reason to kill them with a pellet gun. For that matter, you and I are Invaders and Non Indigenous on this land. My grandparents weren’t born here – and you, can you say your direct antecedents have been here for thousands of years?
Those Minahs you killed were every bit as indigenous (or not) as you.
I’m only sorry I didn’t wrest the gun from your grip and that of your son and invite you to go kill your own relatives with it – who are far more damaging to the land than those birds could ever be.
Yes, and I’m deeply ashamed of myself for not throwing you off right than and there.
The worst of it is, you don’t think you did anything wrong. You probably don’t think much.
It comes home in a thousand ways of which this is just one: that this civilisation is not, and has never been, redeemable.