Originally Posted by catsknowme
True - that is the reason for "Ducks Unlimited", "Quail Unlimited" and "Deer Unlimited". Sad that we can't appreciate a species unless it's used for food and/or sport
I don't think its so much that we don't appreciate the animals, but that many are worth more dead than alive. If we allowed properly managed, captive farming of some animals the ultimate end would be their death yes, but keeping them alive and healthy for a time becomes equally as important, and keeping a genetically diverse and healthy population becomes just as important. Make them have a value to being kept alive.
In Florida and Georgia the hunting season for Deer is a few months long, and has varying limits each year. The limits are established based on populations, and what the Departments of Wildlife deem necessary. Generally its 10 or so deer per hunter max. Some years they restrict it tighter, other years its an open season. Lately they've been restricting by gender more so than total number. Most hunters do not hit the limit, and even with the high limit. The states have been contracting individuals to cull populations more in certain areas. We've killed off most of the natural predators of these animals, and without that to check them, their population is growing beyond what the areas can sustain.
There are a lot of states that have restrictions on how many animals can be taken in a season, sometimes as low as 1 per hunter. In many of these states with low limits, the deer populations have grown so far out of control that entire populations are becoming disease ridden and the herd is suffering WAY more than they would if their numbers were better managed. Despite pretty solid evidence that increasing hunting in these areas to reduce the population, the various Departments of Wildlife continue the tradition of short/low count hunting seasons.
Again half the problem is that the animals that were predators to the Deer etc, have been essentially exterminated from the areas with population problems. Wolves/Cougars/Jaguars/Ocelots/Birds of Prey/Bobcats/Lynx/Coyotes/Foxes etc. Most of these animals were flat out eliminated by people that just did not understand how to coexist with them.
Whats worse is for areas like parts of California or British Columbia where the game populations have been pushed towards extinction, the predators have nothing to hunt and are becoming more and more aggressive towards people and pets. Which only makes people act irrationally in areas where the predators would thrive.
For animals that are endangered etc due to commercial desirablity of parts/peices of them. Creating captive farms of these animals, with health care standards etc would be the best method we have to both satisfy demand for them and protect the wild populations. Not much different that was done for Buffalo or fish.
If done properly the animals would not suffer unnecessarily and the world would not face losing them.
Attempts are being made by some folks, but are being met with a lot of resistance from people that just can't or won't accept that what has been Standard Operating Procedure for decades is not working, and we have to try something different. Restricting movement of these animals more and more is only exacerbating the problem.