Originally Posted by Sakura8
But what's the point of raising an endangered species for food? Raise that species for conservation and raise another for food, I suggest.
Lost the last of my original girls today, my little Plum Pretty with the lipstick. She was 5 days shy of her 2nd year with me.
Well if you're breeding it, you are continuing the line. Selling off stock for food/other breeders provides you money (because with farm animals most people don't wanna breed them unless there's profit, the hobby industry is just too small and hobby farms don't generally have enough animals for a whole population). So you keep the nicest stock for food, and selling them keeps fueling your efforts. So you have incentive to keep the population going.
Like this pig: American Livestock Breeds Conservancy: Large Black Hog
No one wanted it because it was an outdoor pig, and it's so much easier to keep pigs in heated barns because you don't have to go find them later (and they get a lot more fat laying down all day than they do running around in a forest). But now people have a reborn interest for pigs raised in forests living natural lives, so bam this breed is being saved by people who want to farm pigs outdoors. :D
Most heritage livestock is designed to provide really well in awful conditions where they originated (rainy, bad forage, cold, disease resistant). So while these animals are useless to factory farms, smaller farms are seeing the advantages in raising these for profit.
Sorry to hear. :( Noah sends his love.