Take action now to save mail order shipping of poultry.

Kevin Topek ktopek at houston.rr.com
Tue Aug 14 21:23:10 EDT 2001


The ability to mail order certain animals is very convenient and sometimes
important. In the case of fowl, there are certain breeds that can not be
purchased locally. Bee hives may require annual requeening, especially in
areas where Africanized honey bees pose a threat to the domestication of
more docile breeds. In some places in Texas, it is the law that hives be
requeened annually. The only way to obtain honey bee queens (Apis mellifera)
reliably free of variety scutella or adonsii genes (African strains) is from
areas of the world where they have never been introduced, such as Hawaii.
The ability to obtain species and varieties desired is a wonderful
convenience that allows for unique animal husbandry where it may previously
have not been possible. Please do not be so hasty to condemn a practice that
has brought so much to so many.

Kevin Topek

----- Original Message -----
From: logboy <logboy at burnett.net.au>
To: permaculture <permaculture at franklin.oit.unc.edu>
Sent: Tuesday, August 14, 2001 6:19 PM
Subject: Re: Take action now to save mail order shipping of poultry.


> I didn't know carriers would do this anyway! It should be band. Well and
good to
> preserve rare breeds-but yes why not send the eggs. It is deploreable to
send live
> animals in the mail. It is bad enough with bees and worms! Maybe the US
post system
> is better than our Australian one-but I doubt it and the distances
involved are
> similar.
>
> Megan S
>
>
> Lawrence F. London, Jr. wrote:
>
> > On Tue, 14 Aug 2001 18:20:00 +0100, "Graham Burnett"
> > <gb0063551 at cableinet.co.uk> wrote:
> >
> > >> Every feed store, 4-H Club, poultry equipment manufacturer,
> > >> pharmaceutical company, school
> > >> science project, and any other individual or company which has a
finger
> > >> in raising poultry on the small scale will
> > >> be hurt
> > >
> > >No bad thing as far as I can see- I can imagine this could become a
very divisive
> > >topic on this list- I wonder if it really belongs here?
> >
> > It certainly does, Graham.
> >
> > L.F.London ICQ#27930345 lflondon at mindspring.com
> > www.ibiblio.org/ecolandtech  london at ibiblio.org
> >
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