NUMERICALLY THREATENED BREEDS
As I have learned more about the forces which
threaten our animal companions I have become very passionate about
promoting preservation of numerically threatened breed groups.
According to the Rare Breed Survival Trust,
one breed of farm animal is going extinct each MONTH worldwide.
This is due to many factors, but is leading to a dangerous reduction
in bio-diversity. Many good people are now working to save these
important animal breeds for future generations.
The links below will help interested parties
understand the many reasons why preservation is so important.
I hope to encourage others to join in this process, and not leave
it to "someone else" to save these wonderful threatened
animal and bird breeds.
We can all take small steps to help
preserve these worthy animals.
"Numerically threatened" means that a breed population
has been reduced to such a low number of reproducing
animals, that there is a fear of that breed reaching a population
point from which it cannot be recovered.
Main threats to our heritage breeds are: loss
of rural lifestyle, PETA/HSUS action focused on destroying pet
ownership in general and in wiping out specific breeds in particular,
lack of opportunity for the general public to learn about and
appreciate these breeds.
Today there is a boom in "urban chicken
keeping", which is helping educate about rare and heritage
chicken breeds. Take a look around this page and see if perhaps
you could help one of these threatened breeds.
for the Preservation of Poultry Antiquities
Livestock Breeds Conservancy
Breed Survival Trust (UK)
ARE PIT BULLS
A "NUMERICALLY THREATENED" BREED?
Absolutely. While "pit bulls" continue to be
the reported as the highest numerically represented breed
in shelters and rescues, specimens of phenotypical and
genotypical purity, as well as all important "type"
are surprisingly rare.
Added to this, concern for the number
of "purebred" pit bulls being destroyed due
to lack of homes has caused many ethical breeders to reduce
their breeding programs. Even more troubling is the contamination
of a breed by "fad bred" animals (think "American
Bullies" and other dogs which do not meet the traditional
American pit bull standard in temperament or type) produced
by those with a short term interest in the animals motivated
by monetary gain.
Lack of good dogs being bred and lack
of appropriate available homes for breeders to place dogs
into continues to threaten the real American pit bull.
This page under construction:
check back for individual pages on my different
NO DOGS FOR SALE
I do share my chickens with those interested in preservation.
Chickens shipped USPS. Shipping in USA ONLY!
Cocks - $150 + shipping
Hens - $100 + shipping
Stags - $125 + shipping
Pullets $75 + shipping
Hatching eggs in season $50 a dozen
No chick sales