Many developed countries have organizations that are devoted to the purpose of protecting purity of breeds. These ''breed societies'' originated in Great Britain during the early part of the 19th century and spread to other countries, most notably the United States. The size of breed societies varies from very large organiza tions with registrations in the millions to others that register only a few hundred animals each year. Many of the larger breed associations generally provide services such as magazines, advertising and performance programs to their members. One of the functions is to preserve the breed. Breeds may be conserved due to economic, scientific, or cultural reasons.[1-6] There are also organizations, such as the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy (www.albc-usa.org), that are devoted to cataloging the status of breeds that may be at risk.
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