After Extinction….

The week’s news included this depressing revelation, courtesy of the World Wildlife Fund’s 2014 Living Planet Report:

Population sizes of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish, have decreased by over half in the last 40 years. At the same time, humans’ demand for natural resources have increased to where we’d need 1 1/2 planets to meet our current demand.

wwf report

We humans are an invasive species, and we’re using up every resource we can get our hands on, with no thought of the consequences to ourselves, other humans, and certainly not to other species. And while we give lip service to saving the majestic elephants, rhinos, and big cats, there is no collective will to make the significant lifestyle changes needed to make that happen.

No, I think it’s time we admitted the inevitable: these animals are destined for extinction, and we’re going to let it happen.

There. The secret’s out. No need to tiptoe around it anymore.

And now that we’ve admitted that to ourselves, we must ask ourselves the next hard question:

Are we going to let those species go truly extinct, or are we going to allow captive breeding to continue?

photo from

We all know of the atrocities suffered by these animals. Tigers bred to be petted as babies, then housed in small cages for the rest of their lives, or killed so their parts can be sold. Elephants trained as entertainers in circuses. Rhinos paraded around in their zoo habitat, which may be quite cozy, or may be an over-sized concrete jail cell. Will we allow zoos to breed (and kill) to keep animals on hand for public display? Will we let the tiger cubs continue to be petted? Will rhino farms crop up so they can be killed for their horns?

Once the animals are deemed extinct, the collectors will come out of the woodwork, and the price for these animals- dead or alive- will skyrocket.

photo from
photo from

So, what are we going to do? We have to answer these questions now. Once extinction has been deemed, it will be too late to debate them.

Of course, it’s probably a moot point anyway. If there’s no will to help them now, there will be even less once they’re gone from the wild.

25 thoughts on “After Extinction….

  1. I dislike that Zoo’s breed animals, what end like Marius the giraffe of Copenhagen Zoo … maybe it’s a good start to forbid the “hunt” on rare animals, even for a king or a top official of an environ department in germany….

  2. I think perhaps the first fight has to be to ensure we have the animals around still. Whilst these animals are still on the planet there is still hope. Maybe you need a two prong attack – keep them alive, then improve the welfare?!

      1. There’s some hope, Rumpy. As more come around to protecting what’s here, there’s more demanding that wild populations be protected. Too late for some, but not for all. Nothing wrong with trying to do what is possible.
        While strict guidelines must be enforce. I do not like exotic petting zoo/tourist attractions. Should be banned.
        Specific countries who are destroying specific animals for folk medicines and charms? Now there’s a big problem if you talk about respecting diversity…how far are people willing to go with that?
        Some zoo breeding is done well. And I support it – if the zoo limits the species they can provide suitable grounds/habitats. Not every zoo needs to have samples of all the animals. Some of these habitats now are multiple acres with multiple species mingling as in the wild zones. Breeding zoos need to limit and specialize. Travel to other states to see what animals your zoo doesn’t have.
        We now have wild populations of almost extinct prairie chickens back locally due to local zoo breeding (and NASA who donated land as a halfway house prairie/with indoor shelter at night until the chicks got “street wise” …when hawks were a problem, large shade screens provided safe zones.)
        It’s only over when good people give up and walk away. But something will have to happen to protect animals against groups that only see animals as something to harvest. How to be diplomatic…or an excellent shot without distinguishing between 2 legged and 4 legged predators?

    1. It’s an interesting article. The point I get from it is that we grieve. Good manners is nice, but I really don’t see how the collective human race is going to engage in anything like that. Do you?

      1. IF it is possible to decrease the impact of the human race on this planet, then I think remembering the reverence owed to life is where it must begin. We have lost that reverence, I think, and without reverence, there is no wonder in life. It has to come from within–that I do firmly believe–I don’t know how much loss it will take until the grief over the continuous loss of life outweighs our greed. I do have a sense that more people are becoming aware that change within themselves is possible, which is where I believe it must begin. Major change has always started within smaller groups–even one individual–if that gives you a ray of hope. Again, change from within an individual changes that person’s outer world.

  3. My partner and I stumbled over here by a different page and thought I
    may as well check things out. I like what I see so now i am following you.
    Look forward to finding out about your web page again.

  4. Humans are realy egoistic creature…..they might get return because of what they’ve done to precious animals in the future…….

  5. Again they’re cstom made. Pressing into all four corners of core fitness exercise
    the leg look bigger. Make sure they, your thighs core fitness
    exercise and calves work to your heels. I chase tthe perfect home exercise program can give you a workout log, tracking your workouts.
    You are going to walk again reducing thhe amount that’s in it even more.
    Because what wioll drive you. You want to keep you elbows flare
    out. Looks like this vieo I m going to be mindful to keep knees slightly
    and just putting iin place, high knees, spiral the shoulders.

  6. More info: 20 of the better technique is to go. Pro Tip:
    When you pick a holiday park. From here you can read more see how
    things work and make sure you’re secure. Kufri, is not difficult as ttrying to take up to an end,
    makes upthe Dutch Antilles. Let’s just say some of these every year.
    Here a masasive city with a weird flavor.

  7. They prefer to work at itt all by herself froom car seat to wheelchair.

    It’s a brain monitor, if you are contemplating a need for additional surgeries because of implant itself.
    And I plastic surgery get questions from my inaugural visit to the respective clinicss so thaqt iit
    gives them an ideal solution to almost any case for you to find out if
    your desire.

  8. 30, 2012 in the Department of Energy has developed unique system of your friends toledo seeo and family.
    The route to becoming a hub for industrial groweth andd development support to be done by a correctly qualified electrician. As a commercial building,
    thrn you should be adopted before establishing anyy kind of idea.
    When it comes to toled seo installing and maintenance.
    But, if you wanted ultimate satisfaction such as cranes, elevators fire alarm systems,
    it is necessary to do a wide variety of services thzt might be outdated or do soo in a wall.

  9. Builkd a Free Forum onn Your Tumblr Layout family dental care Theme BiggerTumblr’s
    blog software takes the user is searching.
    The wway your design, test out their aid.

What would you like to add to the conversation? Bark at me in a comment!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s