please help us...HERE I COME!
kahanpaa at gstar.astro.helsinki.fi
Thu Apr 11 08:42:09 EDT 2002
Paul Cherubini <monarch at saber.net> wrote:
> You say you are strongly opposed to collecting and trucking
> butterflies around for release if it is only for show. Do you also
> oppose those who breed and release monarch butterflies for show?
Here in Finland this is - at least to this date - a non-issue as releasing
butterflies for show is almost unheard of (I dimly recall a single release
of less than <100 Inachis io and other Nymphalids a few years ago) and
thus I'm not overly familiar with the topic.
The situation depends strongly on the migratory habits of Monarchs.
Is there a slightest possibility that a release of 'misplaced' Monarchs
change the migration patterns of wild specimens?
I would not oppose breeding and releasing *per se* as long as it is
reasonable clear that the released specimens do not harm the local wild
population or the source population in any way.
> Or would it be OK if the breeders also tagged the butterflies
> for scientific research? Here is a picture of the new International
> Butterfly Breeders Association (IBBA) tag that will be placed on
> monarch butterflies released at weddings and funerals.
> "All these people who breed butterflies, their mission statements
> are so full of biological crap. It's a smokescreen for profit,"
> Pyle says.
Well, I'm tempted to believe in this statement, but it is probably an
over-generalization: some of the releasers might be 'good gyus', even
though I cannot see much scientific return of such a release program.
Using pseudoscience as a cover motivation for profiting is in itself
something that should be punishable by instant vaporization ;-)
It's hard to think outside the box when you ARE the box.
- unknown, alt.religion.kibology
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