Guest Posted February 25, 2007 Share Posted February 25, 2007 This I thought desreved a topic of its own as clearly the antis are trying to capitatlise on the utter stupidity and ignorance of the masses and claim the animals as dogs. It is about as much a dog as a fox is. It is a Siberian animal, which has been prized for its fur for centuries. From the Northern forests, you AGAIN have to question the validity of the accusation that its numbers have been decimated by the fur trade. In fact, after the domestication of these animals and fox and sable, one could argue that actually their hunted numbers were less. So what allows wikipedia to get away with this nonsense: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raccoon_Dog where they claim their numbers in decline because of fur trade. Oh all of a sudden after thousands and thousands of years. Hmmm...funny how the fox and mink and sable aren't in decline isn't it? I don't know what we can do about redressing some of this bullshit but it needs doing. I emailed a friend form Siberia and the answer came back plain and simple. Q "Why are Tanuki in decline?" A "They are not in the forest where the people hunt them. Only near to the towns. Its distemper from the dogs introduced by poor communist oil workers from Russia who could not afford treat their dogs with veterinarians. When I was young they were scavenge in the town waste but many died of other disease too as a result." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raccoon_Dog Anyway at least wikipedia acknowledge it's NOT a dog. Hopefully people can point that out when this gets mentioned in future press reports. Of course our old friend HABITAT destruction has also had a massive effect on the animal, and futhemore if the animals survive this century it will be as a direct result OF the fur trade. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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