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Preservation of the Fauna of the Empire

Nature volume 142, page 700 (15 October 1938) | Download Citation



THE Society for the Preservation of the Fauna of the Empire has been accused (according to an editorial note, in the August number of its Journal) of talking and doing nothing, while game throughout the Empire is being ruthlessly destroyed. The accusation is unjust. The powers of a private society are in any event strictly limited, since game preservation lies with the official Government of the territory in question. Nevertheless, the Society has investigated conditions in various parts of the Empire, and has reported upon the steps which might usefully be taken for the safety of threatened members of the fauna, always keeping in mind that it is no part of its aim to preserve animal life to the detriment of human industry or the natural development of mankind. The Society does encourage talk about animal preservation, but surely one of the secrets of the success of any great cause is the efficient propaganda which spreads information and may eventually make the cause part of the nation's will.

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