Now, there are two sides to this particular controversy, and I am going to do my darnest NOT to pick one.
Side one: How dare you kill that kingfisher!
The HP article criticized killing a rare bird for collection as the opposite of a conservation effort. It is likened to hunting endangered species, and compassionate conservation. (RadioLab anyone? Don’t mind if I do…)
Additionally, Dr. Filardi himself responded justifying his decision, and why specimens are important over at the Audobon society.
Was it right or was it wrong? You decide.