Originally Posted by BrianNY
Mans relationship with the animals on this planet predate human history. The domestication of animals, and how we utilize them is a key component of the success of our species. If Karin feels we're too successful she is fighting a losing battle. It would be unnatural for us to give up the relationships that we've spent thousands of years cultivating with our animals. It would also be a much sadder and lonelier world. For us and our animals.
My feelings precisely, Brian.
, you can't have a black and white approach to these things. We can't simply take a 180 turn on centuries of history and progress and abandon all of our animal husbandry and dependency on living resources. Nor can we simply neglect our animal resources and use them with wanten disregard for their sustained existance.
We have to take a balanced approach, not just for the aquarium hobby (trying to stay on topic!!), but for ALL of our natural resources, of which, animals play a large part. Animal resources always have, and always will play a large part in sustaining the human society. If we expect ourselves to survive, we have to ensure the survival of other living things. Without their presence and the resources they provide (wether its food, labor, companionship, etc) we to will cease to exist.
This is why I support and obey conservation laws and organizations. Efforts that recognize both the want and need to use animal resources while also recognizing the importance of ensuring they are not over used and their existance threatened.