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I saw a couple of posts in the past month that ticked me off. The core in
any endeavor is pride. I have been seeing many points of view expressed on
this list, with quite a few knocking other viewpoints. What all have,
centers on self pride.
The AKA is centered on interest in killifish and pride in what they do.
Some founded in species maintenance, new species acquisition, distribution
of species, distribution of information. All of these things make up this
group of individuals and none should be neglected or looked down upon if the
AKA is to endure. .
I saw comments knocking the KAP or Breeders Award programs in general. Is
it worse to breed and learn with some club recognition, or to consume and
not distribute or to maintain and not distribute? I saw others knocking
collectiors with a sense of non distribution or limited distribution. It is
a collectors right to distribute the way he or she feels fit. Is it wrong
to acquire a fish and maintain it without mass distribution, or to breed and
sell the fish for a price that is high (for some) but represents a fraction
of the actual cost to acquire and raise the fish? Is it wrong for new fish
to sell at high auction prices at AKA conventions (With profits to the AKA)?
All these things have a place in the AKA.
Those that maintain and do not distribute much have a place. They maintain
species that may not currently be in favor as "to easy, too hard or just not
desirable due to widespread availability" (for now!).
Those who like to just breed new species (new to them) and move on to a new
challenge do usually distribute some fish (and information) and due to
limited tank space or time cannot keep every fish they have bred forever.
Those that breed and sell at prices which some consider high at least offer
distribution. You don't have to buy something you are not willing to pay
for. I have yet to see a price that I feel is providing an unfair profit to
a breeder inthe world of killifish. I have yet to see a killi price that
covers a salery to just bag and ship an on hand fish.
Those that limit distribution to local club members may do so as a result of
the effort and cost involved in shipping without any real return.
Those that just consume and neither succeed or want to succeed at breeding
provide a place for enjoyment of the fish that are produced by others,
helping supplement cost of time and food.
All of the above people have a place and should be permitted to take pride
in what they do if the AKA is to remain a viable organization. Go ahead
everyone and do what YOU enjoy doing and take pride it!. Just don't knock
others for what they are proud of.
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