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Though I cannot speak for our Developers, I believe the answer is two fold. One, skinners usually skin a great many more mobs then an herbalist or miner gathers from those nodes. Two, you earn experience from the kill itself.
Though I cannot guarantee a response, it would probably be best to ask in the Professions forum for a more definitive answer.
I hadn't really thought about it. But if I were going to hazard a guess I'd say it's because there are a ton more animals in game than herb and ore nodes. They (the nodes) are much more of a limited resource.
Plus you get XP for killing the animal you're skinning. I know that's not always the case but if you were farming your own kills you'd sort of be double dipping XP wise.
eta: Hee! Yep. Me and Vrakkie are on the same page.
Edited by Talulah on 12/26/2010 3:06 PM PST
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