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10 Animals Tomorrow’s Kids Could Know Only From Books

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6. Eels

The European eel’s unusual lifecycle — which involves swimming between freshwater and saltwater environments — has resulted in catastrophic overfishing.
F.B. (pg 254), No 3070, page 2

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7. Tigers

In just one century, we have lost 97 percent of the tigers on the earth. As few as 3,200 exist in the wild today.
Tiger Can't Sleep

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8. Sharks

Once abundant in the waters off of western Europe, the angel shark is now critically endangered. Out of 9,905 trawls from 1995 to 1999, only two were found.
"I'm reading a book about sharks."

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9. Beetles

90 percent of American burying beetles have been removed from their original range. East of the Mississippi River, fewer than 1,000 beetles remain; there are still areas of South Dakota with a high population density including the Sandhills — the very route where the tar sands oil carrying Keystone XL Pipeline is to run through.

From the German Edition of Brockhaus, 1937

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10. Elephants

Hunted for its tusks, the largest animal that walks the earth faces numerous threats in all 37 of the African countries it is native to. In Asia, elephants have almost disappeared in Vietnam.
E is for elephant - finished

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9:47PM PDT on May 1, 2013

The human species is truly toxic. What world is this with no forests or animals...PITIFUL. What we need is a steady supply of birth control. Just too many bloody people!

4:57AM PDT on Apr 25, 2013

When will us humans realize we cannot carry on the way we are ! We need to urgently curtail our procreation, stop being so bloody greedy and educate the youth. We are at the abyss !!!

9:19PM PDT on Apr 24, 2013

How incredibly sad...greed will be the last thing humans will face in the end days! Shame.

10:00AM PDT on Apr 17, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

1:33PM PST on Mar 4, 2013

Wow... such gorgeous animals.... and so close to extinction...

11:46AM PST on Feb 26, 2013

It is absolutely heart breaking to think that future generations are unlikely to know these beautiful animals because of the thoughtlessness and selfishness of mankind. Regarding global warming,whatever is done now to try and stop it is too little and too late. Simply tragic.

3:17PM PST on Feb 15, 2013

(The awful thing is, there are too many humans who *know* what's happening but keep killing, without mercy and as they please, endagered wildlife. The profit involved in such atrocious acts is too much to stop them /: Mankind is indeed the worst type of creature.

The only hope left rests upon those whom want to protect and save the planet. Small gestures or large, each one count, from reducing our own pollution footprint to protesting, or making part of an organization with the best interests for the planet.)

6:25AM PST on Feb 14, 2013

Their is only one way to deal with this if you want these animals, and this world to survive .
Human global population control.Man himself is with out doubt the single most greatest threat to this world.
I have long said. The industrialized country's of the world should take the lead and create legal public polices to actively limit who can have a child, and how many. Man kind in this world must lower his population, and the ability to procreate at will. If man kind fails to do this the task will be left to nature.And natural selection is ruthless in it's methods.Resources will, and are running out.
If man kind dose not find a way to over come population ,and resource depletion society will brake down to anarchy . And if this comes to pass the world will be doomed. Who will maintain the nuclear power plants around the world.Population control, or extinction . No other way.

3:06AM PST on Jan 5, 2013

We had better start save-guarding the endangered now

6:02PM PST on Jan 2, 2013

We, humans, are a lethal virus... :(

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