IS IT RIGHT TO FIDDLE WITH NATURE?

Hunters in South Africa seem to have become imbued with a desire to bag ‘something different’ – what else but demand (and the monetary rewards from satisfying such demands) would drive the selective breeding of wild animals for different colour mutations? While it is true that natural colour variants occur from time to time in free-living wildlife populations, these are rare occurrences. Are these ‘novelty’ animals now being bred to encourage more hunters? Do people breed them simply because they like seeing white Blesbuck

black Impala

or coffee-coloured Springbuck?

As the natural colouration of animals suit their natural environments, I wonder what benefit breeding animals specifically for unnatural colour mutations can have for the individual animal, the species, biodiversity or conservation as a whole. Apart from the initial ‘look at that’ factor when seeing the results of such breeding, I cannot help thinking that the originals still look better!

Having said this … perhaps there is an advantage tucked away somewhere … are we not better off with the carrots, beans and potatoes we have today instead of the ‘originals’, not to mention cows and all we get from them.

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7 thoughts on “IS IT RIGHT TO FIDDLE WITH NATURE?

  1. Ongoing breeding for a specific look that takes our fancy often leads to unwanted or unintended consequences too, Just look at the tragic state purebred dogs are in as a result of breeding for extremes. Why can we not be satisfied with the incredible diversity of nature that exists already and needs our respect and protection? (Protection from us that is!)

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