Re: NANFA-- Collecting ethics
Mon, 12 Jan 2004 00:20:28 EST

I know this is going to make me even more unpopular that ever but I really
think we are arguing a point that if it hasn't become completely moot it
certainly is rapidly becoming exactly that. While I don't collect things that are
endangered it's mostly a personal feeling that it's wrong not because I think the
species will survive better if I leave it alone. What we see all around us is
an almost totally collapsed ecosystem compared to what it was 1000 years ago
what we think of as pristine is a joke. Even 100 years ago we would be amazed
at the real difference between then and now. While I don't advocate totally
undisciplined collecting of animals if we think that weather or not catching a
hellbender to keep on display or for any other purpose does anything but delay
the inevitable we need to think again. I really don't expect my grandkids to
see a live hellbender, sturgeon or for that matter elephant or tiger. It's too
late all we can do is slow the process down a tiny bit but never think it can
be stopped. Now I'll go back to drinking and stay out of it.

"Who died and left you in charge?"
"Captain Bipto!"
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