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Old 8th May 2013   #16 (permalink)
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Default Re: Ethical question on runts

Donīt get me wrong, i donīt discriminate. I either leave the larvae with the parents and take out any juveniles or advanced larvae that manage to make it, or separate a number of eggs and keep them all together to compete. The only exception are T.dobrogicus which have to be separated after a certain size or theyīll destroy each other, so if you are trying to raise more than one, you simply have no choice.
Iīm all for allowing competition and having a bit of natural selection. This benefits our captive populationīs future. Itīs the raising of every individual that damages and compromises future generations.

Saving a "runt" (not necessarily a slow grower) today may well cause a lot more suffering in the future. Itīs not nice, but itīs real.
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