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ECN-L  June 2014, Week 4

ECN-L June 2014, Week 4

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Re: PR attack on scientific collections -Fwd: NPR news on collecting

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Hi Norm,

I totally agree... focus positively on what we are doing for the health of
these populations and species!  I think the auto grille example threatens
to make us sound like... "at least we're not as bad as...." What we want
as a justification?  I think not.

Our science has a LOT to offer, and the focus should be on that, and if it
takes taking some insect lives to achieve, it will be worth it in the long
run. Maybe I didn't say that directly enough.  Sorry if I muddied the
waters...

JIm


> My two-cents-worth is that any response should be focused on the reasons
> collecting is necessary - for basic research, monitoring, etc. I fear
> that that message will be lost with the two other arguments cited in
> this thread. Would the paperwork associated with vertebrate research be
> a hindrance? Sure, but I anticipate that the response will be "...the
> vertebrate zoologists are able to conduct research with those
> restrictions, and if it shuts your operation down, then so be it." Does
> vehicular traffic inadvertantly result in killing a lot of bugs? Yes,
> but that's an unintended consequence of another imperative. I just got
> back from driving through West Virginia and Maryland, and the number of
> deer dead along the road was truly astounding. But that inadvertant loss
> does not inhibit society from regulating deer hunting. Again, the
> anticipated response would be to stop making excuses and follow the laws
> & regs on collecting.
>
> One final point: I don't recommend trying to get into a discussion of
> the value of insect lives. Rather, if we support and want to promote
> actions that result in conservation, we should focus on the "health" of
> species and habitats, not individuals.
>
> Norm
> --
> Ohio State University
> Norman F. Johnson
> Professor
> Director, C.A. Triplehorn Insect Collection
> College of Arts & Sciences Department of Evolution, Ecology & Organismal
> Biology
> 1220 Museum of Biological Diversity, 1315 Kinnear Road, Columbus, OH 43212
> 614-292-6595 Office / 614-292-7774 Fax
> [log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]> wasps.osu.edu
> <http://wasps.osu.edu>
>


-- 
James B. Whitfield
Department of Entomology
320 Morrill Hall
505 S. Goodwin Avenue
University of Illinois
Urbana, IL 61801
http://www.life.illinois.edu/whitfield

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