Do you speak French?

Subject: Do you speak French?
From: Daniel Hoops <>
Date: Fri, 10 Feb 2012 10:11:44 +1100
The club is indeed a bird breeder's club.  The name of the club is "The club of 
exotic bird breeders: breeding to prevent removing, preserving for passion."

They state their objectives as:

""Breeding to prevent removing" must be our primary purpose.  To attain this 
goal: we want to mobilise our members to adhere to the rules of keeping birds.  
We use breeders as the primary means of attaining our goal, provided that the 
breeders follow these values:

-the breeding be kept as a hobby, and the breeder continually strive to improve 
their knowledge and the quality of life of their birds.
-the personal and collective responsibility towards the birds being kept, other 
bird breeders and teaching opportunities
-breeder solidarity in order to improve the efficiency in breeding birds."

I've translated this as directly as possible from, I don't think it's the clearest possible set 
of objectives.  Personally I think it's very circular and does not outline 
their main purpose very well.

As to the larger question of keeping and breeding birds in captivity, I realize 
it's a touchy subject.  While it may not be ideal keeping animals in captivity, 
especially birds, the illegal wildlife trade is the second largest 
international smuggling operation in the world, after drugs (and before humans, 
believe it or not).  It's at the point now that a conservation group has agreed 
to breed a rare species of snake in captivity and distribute the offspring for 
free to hobbyists.  They're doing this to try and keep the market price low and 
prevent the animals from being removed from the wild.

That being said, though these groups often claim this kind of conservation as 
their goal, in reality they're often the ones buying up rare, wild-caught 
species in order to try and breed them, and are ultimately the ones fuelling 
the market.


Daniel Hoops
PhD Candidate, Keogh Lab
Research School of Biology
The Australian National University
Room 201, Building 44, Daley Road
Canberra, ACT, 0200
02 61258057

On 10/02/2012, at 9:45 AM, Margaret Leggoe wrote:

I was approached by the editor of this magazine asking for permission to use 
one of my images.  It so happened, fortunately, I had not saved a RAW version 
of the image they requested and was unable to give/sell a printable version.  
However, it seems to me this is a bunch of people (private individuals?) who 
breed exotic birds in captivity, among which a number of Australian species 
I would be most uncomfortable about encouraging such an organisation, but would 
be glad if someone who can actually READ what they say can tell me what they 
are about.
Many thanks
Margaret Leggoe

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