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Re: NFC: NFC "sanctions" and our detractors...
Robert, Chuck, et al,
It isn't that I'm opposed to a commercial venture per se, but the
nature of this particular one. I would love it if we did T-shirts, etc.
But do you see the Audobon society selling wild-caught birds as
Our detractors (few though they are) would point out that THEIR
organisation would never condone such an activity, and I have
heard it mentioned that a since at least one of the NFC's members
was selling wild-caught natives (legally, of course), they doubted
our sincerity. Sour grapes? Perhaps. I'm being somewhat
abstract here because we don't need to relive certain
I approved of auctioning exotics, as this was one of our programs
from the start and served a demonstrable purpose. And I don't see
anything wrong with a person who wants to sell natives
commercially and legally, as that will promote interest in natives.
But I think it is wrong to give such an individual an official stamp of
approval by a conservation organization that wishes to be taken
> I think this is a good topic to discuss. Let me frame this in a bit by
> saying to do any real conservation you need BIG money. And that Audobon
> , TNC, and TU< DU are pretty commercial they have the official T shirts,
> calenders clocks, trees etc of XYZ they use this to raise funds, support
> a position and raise public awareness.....So with our small size and
> newness I was surprised we had any detractors. I'd be interested to see
> the pro and con arguments of conservation commercialism which is really
> what we are talking about......
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