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Discussion in 'The Taxidermy Industry' started by Joe Kish, Nov 15, 2016.
Analogy or not
I dont know ,but can you put enough of salt on fries ? :-\ :-\ :-\ :-\
There is so much more an association should be about not just having a damn competition. I see to many associations just having a show, if that is all it is abot sell the person a ribbon. give them a score sheet and send them home.
Blue ribbons $100.00 red ribbons $50.00.
While the large majority of taxidermist dont care anything about a competition and 90 % don't care about increasing their quality. (See lack of members as proof) Laws are being passed right and left by people who have zero interest in doing anything good, the intent is good but the information they have is bad.
Other iwse associations are a waste of time and effort. One of two good things for the law over how much time? time, money always equal results education does not come into play.
The following is in part, the official report addressed on 9/28/16 to the Board of Directors of the United Taxidermists Association with a vested collective interest for our industry with regard to various wildlife conservation issues and concerns for all taxidermists at the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies held this year in Philadelphia, PA;
1.) Thank you very much to the United Taxidermists Association, it's chairman Mr. Craig Lewis, and it's board members for taking a stand for all taxidermists by allowing me the privilege of representing the UTA at the recent Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA) conferences on September 12,13 and 14th. The opportunity of creating a respectable and participating visibility to those who govern, regulate, manage and at the same time, appreciate the taxidermy industry for making our presence known and our voice heard was priceless to say the least. The value of such visibility is two fold inasmuch that the attendees of these major wildlife conferences attract more 500 outdoor international agencies, organizations and businesses, who all fully appreciate the fact that we, as direct users of sustainable wildlife, take the time and expense to share and include our own thoughts, ideas and sometimes concerns of critical issues that effect our livelihood and industry as well. On the other hand, a great deal of visibility needs to be clearly seen by all UTA members and our industry of which no organization could obtain any other way than by physical attendance where our voices and issues may be heard and aired.
2.) I was especially pleased to see New Jersey's own Director of the Division of Fish, Game and Wildlife Mr. Dave Chanda as the current president of the AFWA and based UTA participation upon his address at the Plenary session; "Making Big Ideas Work - A Look At Our Conservation History and Conservation Future."
3.) Conferences began and opened with:
A) Plenary session - listening to AFWA presenters John Organ, Ph.D United States Geographical Survey (USGS) and Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research
B) Rebeca "Becky" Humphries, Ph.D. Chief Conservation Officer of the Wild Turkey Federation.
C) Glenn Geller, Managing Partner, Brand Planning Strategy, Moroch Partners.
4.) Conferences attended and signed into as "United Taxidermists Association"
A.) Lead and Fish and Wildlife Health - lengthy discussions concerning issues and solutions for replacing lead shot in many diverse habitats that threatens both non game and game species alike.
Interstate Wildlife Violator Working Group - self explanatory.
B.) Waterfowl Working Group - discussions pertaining to waterfowl numbers and sustainable habitat - all very positive and encouraging.
C. )Threatened and Endangered Species Policy Committee - talks and reports with regard to various wildlife species that must be studied and managed beyond that of international governmental politics.
D.) Sustainable Use of Wildlife Committee - UTA was publicly acknowledged and addressed the committee with a short and concise historical time line of our industry and its most significant involvement in world wide conservation efforts, which ironic as it seemed, all began in Philadelphia more than 250 years ago. Afterwards, Conservation Force president John Jackson personally voiced his comments of support encouraging the Committee to maintain deeper working relations with our industry. A copy of my comments will be sent to the chairman and board promptly as it is copied into text off the taped recording.
E.) Hunting and Shooting Sports Participation Committee - self explanatory.
F.) Migratory Shore and Upland Game and Resident Game Bird Working Groups - encompassing every form of bird hunting with numerous reports of most every avian species allowed to be hunted by law.
G.) International Relations Committee - making the world more in tune with conservation and human relations. Mentioned here by UTA was a possible study to see about competition taxidermists and the various issues concerning the transportation of competition mounts across international borders in North America. A point of interest was created thereof.
H.) Responsive Management - conducted by the Wildlife Management Institute - potential of working with UTA board to establish much more accurate participation in taxidermy than ever before reported. For example, the newly published 268 page report - "Trap Use, Furbearers Trapped and Trapper Characteristics in the United States In 2015" was chock full of every imaginable form of data except one; the Trappers face the same challenges of every animal rights groups in our country today as our entire industry does all the time. The fact was made known, it was duly noted. In addition, they were informed that the relationship of trappers and taxidermists has been steadily increasing while all forms of fur prices has been decreasing just as fast. (It was further brought to their attention that while a perfect red fox pelt, after trapper style skinning, fleshing and auction, may only bring the trapper $15 to $20.00, our taxidermists are willing to spend often triple that amount to obtain prime taxidermy specimens.)
Other UTA promotional activity was to circulate our industry's steadfast desire to become a working resource of all conservation efforts, rather than just being an insignificant user of sustainable wildlife. In addition, it was mentioned several times that the UTA must become the leader in these efforts, if there is to be any continuity within these imperative conferences and agencies. The Philadelphia wildlife conferences are behind you, the world of conservation is in now in front of you.
Once again I thank you for the honor of representing the UTA at its first round of wildlife conferences at the 2016 Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. I trust you all feel the funds appropriated for the opportunity be considered an investment rather than an expense.
Standing united with you,
George Roof. I'm pressing the like button on this last post. Joe Kish is one of the best.