HHS Supports National Body for Herpetologists
This is a note from Gavin Bedford. Please have a read and consider if you are interested.
The Scales and Tails Expo, held at Ipswich on the 9th November, was utilised as the first public forum to discuss face to face the idea of establishing a national body for our hobby and industry. The unfortunate reality is that the interest shown on the day was insufficient to warrant continued development of the concept. The nature of the venue and its physical discomforts, clearly not foreseen by the organisers, did nothing to encourage attendance. However, while I am grateful to the 20 individuals who attended, in my mind it is insufficient to warrant continued effort with this project. Basically, the interest expressed has been very underwhelming!
I feel we are left with three choices. 1) Forget the whole deal, 2) give it a second chance now or 3) put it on the back burner with the intention of supplying further information for people who may want to help but are undecided. My passion and belief in what could be achieved have me wanting to make this happen. However, we have no intention of proceeding without a clear mandate that this is what you want, so at this stage option 3 is the go.
I have opened an email account and am asking you to send an email message to let me know that you are genuine in your support. If you have ideas on what this body should or could do, that would be appreciated as well. I envisage it as being much more than just functioning solely as a lobby group seeking legislative change. Conservation is a major role, along with education, legal support and grass roots facilitation, to name but a few functions that this group could achieve.
Bottom Line: If you believe, as Greg, Jamie, Mike and I do (and a few others of course), that a national body representing our hobby and interests could bring about positive changes that benefit us and the animals we find desirable and increase our potential to be involved with them in a positive way, then I need YOU to tell me that. The emails (and their suggestions) that I receive will indicate whether the project does or does not go ahead or is shelved for a period of time due to us not being ready. It is now up to you...