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Time To Reconsider Native Species Trade

Time To Reconsider Native Species Trade

Wednesday 6 Oct 2004

Gerry Eckhoff - Press Releases - Environment & Conservation

ACT New Zealand Rural Affairs Spokesman Gerry Eckhoff today urged the Northland Conservation Board to keep an open mind when it considers a proposal - by one of its members - to back a trade in rare native species.

"I congratulate Kevin Evans, a DoC advisor, for advocating a trade in endangered species as a means to ensure their survival. This is exactly what I suggested three year ago, when I was met with howls of laughter and derision," Mr Eckhoff said.

"There is a thriving trade in native plants. However, many believe that the principle that applies to plants can't apply to animals and birds. If we are really sincere about ensuring the survival of our native species, we should allow them to be bred and sold as we do with local fauna.

"The kiwi, our national symbol, is under threat of extinction. The Government can't be trusted in ensuring its survival. Only by thinking outside the square, can the kiwi population thrive and grow. It should be remembered that no animal bred in controlled circumstances, like the sheep or cow, has ever become extinct.

"By trading in native species and allowing them to pay for themselves, we can protect the kiwi and other animals facing extinction from disappearing from the New Zealand landscape for the rest of time," Mr Eckhoff said.

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