I think it is okay to breed threatened animals. Zoos and animal sanctuaries do it all the time with endangered species to help maintain their population, even if it is just in captivity. That being said though, I DO NOT think it is okay to continue to take wild threatened species out of their environment. We have plenty of breeders producing these animals every year, so I do not see the necessity in continuing to import wild caught animals. If importation is stopped, this will allow the species to maintain its wild population while still allowing breeders to produce the animals they love.barbel, you made several good points, however i have one to bring up: several giant herps are cites appendix two species (threatened), such as iguanas of all types, sulcatas, etc. So does this make it right to breed them? People, please respond. I'd like to hear a wide range of opinions on this subject
Or we can get separate bloodlines from Europe, or AsiaHers some food for thought: Wild Caught animals make the hobby what it is today, and they can introduce new blood lines in breeding projects. I beleve in more cases then not importing reptiles, and animals in general is wrong.
Importation definitely played a very important and necessary role in developing the hobby to what it is today. It was a crucial factor 20-30 years ago, but in today's hobby it is no longer necessary. We have enough animals and diversity, IMO, to continue to grow the hobby without disturbing the environment.Hers some food for thought: Wild Caught animals make the hobby what it is today, and they can introduce new blood lines in breeding projects. I beleve in more cases then not importing reptiles, and animals in general is wrong.