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The goal of SDHS??


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Posted by Barry on January 26, 2001 at 20:17:50:

Having seen from a distance what seems to be the goal of the "new" SDHS and having received a personal e-mail from the new president, it seems that there is quite a bit more emphasis on conservation than captive propogation. If I'm wrong, I welcome a follow up. If this the aim, then having private breeders speak at the meetings is going against the grain isn't it? While we, as a whole, can never do enough to conserve and educate, captive propogation is the only insurance/back-up for animals to survive. Everyone knows that this world is getting bigger, so what are we to say when humans worldwide have encroached on reptile areas and none of these animals were bred, marketed, and are almost extinct or gone completely? "Oh well, we tried". I'm sorry, but that isn't good enough. Just to leave endangered animals in their "endangered" native homes, and put a few on display isn't going to cut it. We need to learn, study, and market those animals that are either difficult to breed or endangered and apply some economics for them to survive. I wish that things could be in a utopian state and animals were protected and abundant, but they aren't. Should anyone have a different stance, I'd appreciate their input. I would think that the goal of the SDHS would be a 50/50 view on this and not lop-sided. Please feel free to correct me if I'm wrong....


Barry


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