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Should Australia Export its Native Birds?

  • Kingwell, Ross S.
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    Commercial export from Australia of native birds, wild or captive bred, is prohibited. This paper firstly describes the current legislation and regulations that restrict the export of native birds and discusses why governments have adopted such a regulatory approach to bird species preservation. Secondly, the paper reviews the debate concerning the export ban, pointing out strengths and weaknesses in arguments and indicating the important role of CITES. Lastly, the paper outlines a new case for a conditional lifting of the ban, whereby DNA fingerprinting is used to establish transferable property rights to overcome a main source of market failure in the preservation of bird species. Application of this DNA technology offers an opportunity both to protect wild populations and to develop a legitimate export industry based on breeding in captivity.

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    Article provided by Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society in its journal Review of Marketing and Agricultural Economics.

    Volume (Year): 62 (1994)
    Issue (Month): 02 (August)

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    Handle: RePEc:ags:remaae:12487
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    1. Kingwell, Ross S., 1993. "Australian Native Birds: Is Export Prohibition the Best Policy," 1993 Conference (37th), February 9-11, 1993, Sydney, Australia 147703, Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society.
    2. Jakobsson, K.M. & Dragun, A.K., 1989. "The Economics of Species Preservation: Theory and Methodology," 1989 Conference (33rd), February 7-9, 1989, Christchurch, New Zealand 144737, Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society.
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