In September 2007, the town of Interlaken, Switzerland, will host a major international conference on animal genetic resources.
The First International Technical Conference on Animal Genetic Resources comes at a time when the livestock sector is increasingly coming under the control of private firms. Livestock keepers are in danger of losing their rights to their own animals: their traditional rights to grazing lands, and the right to breed, sell and even to keep animals.
The League for Pastoral Peoples and Endogenous Livestock Development, along with its partners in the LIFE Network, is planning a series of activities to highlight the role of livestock keepers in creating and maintaining livestock biodiversity, and to press for their rights.
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