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All Things Harmless, Useful, and OrnamentalEnvironmental Transformation through Species Acclimatization, from Colonial Australia to the World$
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Pete Minard

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781469651613

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469651613.001.0001

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The Decline of Terrestrial Acclimatization

The Decline of Terrestrial Acclimatization

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(p.108) Chapter Seven The Decline of Terrestrial Acclimatization
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All Things Harmless, Useful, and Ornamental
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Pete Minard

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469651613.003.0008

This chapter covers ASV’s conflicts due to financial problems and the failure of acclimatization species and acclimatized animals that became agricultural pests, such as rabbits. The rabbit population, which became known as the rabbit plague, caused ruined crops and environmental disasters. Farmers demanded the right to destroy rabbits, protection of their property rights, and revision of the game laws. Recognizing the failure, the institution questioned the utility of acclimatized terrestrial vertebrates for pest control and emphasized protecting agriculturally useful native animals to control pests. New generation of scientists in the Field Naturalists Club of Victoria (FNCV) and the Zoological and Acclimatisation Society of Victoria (ZASV) were concerned with national nature, extinction, and animal welfare. Recommended strategies like seasonal protection of animals were issued to prevent the possibility of imminent extinction.

Keywords:   failure of acclimatization, agricultural pests, rabbit plague, ruined crops, environmental disaster, Field Naturalists Club of Victoria (FNCV), Zoological and Acclimatisation Society of Victoria (ZASV), protection of animals, extinction

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