I've noticed the last discussions reg. collecting, smuggling, (il)legal breeding with great interest.
By chance we had a discussion in the our society about an assiociation which is in the status nascendi.
The Amphibian Ark - As you are all herpers, I believe most of you have already heared about this group.
As written in the name this organisation wants to protect endangered amphibians by establishing breeding groups in captivity (if there is a high possibility of extinction in the wild). Care sheets shall be created for every species and international zoos shall participate.
In some other cases things went well like for the white Oryx, wild donkeys or horses or the wisent or even Vipera ursinii rakosiensis.
But there seems to be a strong lobby in animal keeping - but is this mean? What about the risk to fail? High numbers of (rare) sources will be taken out of the nature. On the other hand - Isn't the (professional) terraristic already a cultral institution which also brought lots of scientific information for lots of species...
There are so many arguments pro and contra
What do you think? Is this a positive intention or just a justification to keep rare animals legally?