Export of native species

Subject: Export of native species
Date: Tue, 26 Nov 96 16:12 EST
Regarding the export of native species, Hugo wrote: "What has intensified
the debate in Australia is that strict controls on the export of native
fauna have given many species high market values overseas."

In context I understand this to mean that whilst good money could be earned,
possibly for conservation, in the short term the market would be quickly
flooded. Consequently the long term benefits could well be marginal. I'm
inclined to agreee.

A second consideration, however, is the effect the high prices might have on
overseas populations, eg Indonesian bird species. High prices might
encourage only a few Australian smugglers; but high prices are a huge
incentive to Indonesian bird dealers where there are fewer real deterrents
to smuggling.

I don't know if the export ban of cockatoos from Australia had any effect on
the export of Tanimbar Corella or Yellow-crested Cockatoo from Indonesia but
the consequences of action here should not adversely affect species in
neighbouring countries that cannot afford to be equally high minded.


Paul Andrew
Taronga Zoo
PO Box 20
NSW 2088

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