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In an era of mass extinction, are conservationists fighting to protect the wrong species?

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pam w (139)
Tuesday September 25, 2012, 4:40 am
Cal...this is well-written and very logical. My guess is that, because it's SO DIFFICULT to contemplate, people will continue to ignore the evidence and anthropomorphize their way as usual...."all animals belong in the wild," "close zoos," etc....even though those very animals they claim to love are being slaughtered with impunity.

These are such difficult issues....and it's so damnably SAD!

Danuta Watola (1248)
Tuesday September 25, 2012, 5:29 am
Noted. Thanks.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday September 25, 2012, 6:41 am

Vicynthia Tjahjadi (57)
Tuesday September 25, 2012, 6:54 am
Thanks, Cal. To protect one species, we should protect all that related with them.

Shadow Manypaths (16)
Tuesday September 25, 2012, 9:15 am
some (many, actually) years ago, the National Lampoon ran a parody of an endangered-species-conservation ad whose tag line was "We're not out to save the world...just the cute parts". it's not funny anymore. this is becoming frighteningly true.

it's my feeling that we need to concentrate on the species that are NOT "sexy" on a media level. i'm personally a fan of big cats, hookbills, and wolves...but the first two can, in a pinch, be maintained in captivity, and the latter will most likely to be able to hang on at least marginally in areas not frequented by humans.

the insects, amphibians, and many reptiles and fish - as well as plants - do not have this safety net. we need to look at preserving ECOLOGIES...not species...if we are to preserve anything resembling the natural world as it had been known in the past century.

Terry V (30)
Tuesday September 25, 2012, 5:33 pm

Sandi C (99)
Tuesday September 25, 2012, 6:49 pm
noted, thank you.

cecily w (0)
Tuesday September 25, 2012, 7:20 pm
Powerful article. The 4th paragraph lists four contributing causes of this mass extinction. Two of these causes--habitat loss and hunting--are irrefutably the result of human activity and should be stopped.

A third cause--climate change--is being exacerbated by human activity. This activity should be reduced as quickly as possible (it's too late to stop it), and the effects of climate change should mitigated.

We should continue to put faces on these animals who are leaving because each has an intrinsic value, even if we don't know what that value is. We are more similar to them than we are different.

JM A (176)
Tuesday September 25, 2012, 7:46 pm

Leslene Dunn (84)
Tuesday September 25, 2012, 11:25 pm

Past Member (0)
Wednesday September 26, 2012, 3:29 am
Interesting article, thanks.

Stephen B (23)
Wednesday September 26, 2012, 9:10 am
Yup, we should definitely try to concentrate conservation-efforts on those species most vital to the ecosystem where they live. If they turn out ineffective then, just like the article said, we should look into what can fill the niche.

On the other hand, before investing too much into specific individual efforts, we also have to recognize that we don't completely understand the system. For example, some species of dolphins were recently found to be a whole lot more mobile than previously believed, and thus resistant to climate-change and habitat-loss. They were also found to be capable of interbreeding with other dolphins, making them not, technically at least, a distinct species at all.

divergent revolution (309)
Wednesday September 26, 2012, 10:30 am
what gives humans the power to decide what species lives or dies out.If we want to play god than save as many as possible and then worry about being wrong.
Seriously reminds me of the "selection " practice at concentration camps.

Monica D (580)
Wednesday September 26, 2012, 6:34 pm
I think that conservationists need to get involved in economics and related debates. Fundamentally, the destruction of wilderness and wildlife is being driven (in my view) by an unsustainable human economic system that seeks endless growth in size. I like many of the ideas of CASSE at to achieve an environmentally sustainable economic system, in which wilderness and wildlife can survive and thrive in the long term. I encourage everyone to consider signing the position statement at the CASSE site.
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