Re: NANFA-- Collecting ethics

Steffen Hellner (
Tue, 13 Jan 2004 14:24:46 +0100

> But....once they were already declining in numbers the pet industry still
> continued to collect them. Isn't this sthe same thing that happens with
> many species?
That time nobody cared for, sadly. Today things have changed. Now there is a
Washington treaty which is not perfect but protects many species
successfully. On the other hand it is a shame how many specimen of WC
species are traded, still, e.g. some Phelsuma-Geckos by the thousands every
year. And protection by prohibiting or limitating collection works fairly
good as well (some never follow the rules, I must admit).

But still, which species is in danger by collecting for pet trade or by
We are not saints at all but we are blamed for things we don4t have to take
responsibility for. That4s my point.

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