Re: NANFA-- Collecting ethics
Tue, 13 Jan 2004 05:25:38 EST

In a message dated 1/13/04 3:38:29 AM Eastern Standard Time, writes:

> Wasn't the bird known as the great auk collected to extinction?
> Yes, if I think of the same species as you (sometimes I don4t really catch
> the common english names). If it is the Moa, the biggest ostrich known,
> it was "collected" for food. Hunted, not collected for pet.

The Great Auk wasn't the Moa, the Great Auk lived around Greenland and
Iceland and other small islands in the North Atlantic. It was collected into
extinction becuase of it's rarity and it's proof of parallel evolution. It became
rare due to exploitation as food by whaling ships. I didn't realize you were
specifying pet animals so this isn't a good example.

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