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Date published: 2009/01/24

The BBC says:

Scotland's wild red deer may be lost if they continue breeding with a foreign species, scientists have warned.

Edinburgh University researchers found Japanese sika deer, brought to the country in the 19th Century, have bred extensively with native deer.

In some areas as many as 40% of deer are of mixed breed. Such cross-breeding can alter wild deer on Scotland's mainland permanently.
Helen Senn, of the university's school of biological sciences, said: "The extent of cross-breeding we uncovered is worrying, and suggests that similar populations of red-sika hybrids could exist undetected elsewhere in the UK.

"This cross-breeding represents a serious threat to wild red deer on mainland Scotland.

"Thankfully legislation already exists to protect the red deer on many of the Scottish islands from cross-breeding with sika deer but the mainland red deer remain at risk."

Unfortunately, since this is the predominant attitude of the academic middle class people who run Scotland (Britain and the world), one has to take this ridiculous story seriously. Senn provides no reason why cross-breeding is a problem. So she happens to like (allegedly) pure-bred Scottish red deer. So what. Exactly what is the problem with these deer breeding with other deer?

To see how ridiculous this story is, imagine if she were instead talking about people. So the BBC might have reported: "Scotland's pure white population may be lost if they continue breeding with foreigners (i.e. black people), scientists have warned". Of course the BBC would never (at least in this day and age) produce such a blatantly racist report. (They might well have fifty or sixty years ago.) But when it comes to animals this kind of racism is supposed to be a "good" thing, and we're supposed to be impressed that the government is giving money to scientists to study and prevent inter-racial breeding.

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