3 years ago

Site and species selection for religious release of non‐native fauna

Ryan J. Wasserman, Jaimie T. A. Dick, Rebecca J. Welch, Tatenda Dalu, Kit Magellan

Abstract

In East and Southeast Asia, numerous non‐native animal species are ceremonially released for spiritual merit (Severinghaus & Chi 1999; Yeo & Chia 2010; Liu et al. 2012; Su et al. 2016). Given the associated threat of biological invasions, such activities present a form of conservation conflict and need to be managed accordingly. Here, we propose a conservation management option for a value system that favours releasing animals for religious purposes.

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