Although I sometimes rant and persist in hoping for a positive outcome, I’m not optimistic about the future of our endangered animals. All Earth’s large animals are doomed in the wild, some soon and the others eventually. Tigers, wolves, lions, jaguars, elephants, rhinoceroses, hippopotamuses, apes and monkeys and many more will no longer roam the deserts or jungles. There will be no more wild places.
Humans will, for a while, maintain controlled populations of some species in zoos and special habitats. As if that could make up for their disappearance. As if warehousing is the same as having a wild kingdom. We’ll see the end of tigers probably in less than a decade. If wolves are removed from endangered species status, they will be hunted to extinction in no time flat.
Would you like to know why? Really? The truth is not the long complicated explanation you get from environmentalists or public talking heads. Let’s skip statistical analyses, the convoluted nonsense spouted by government officials and corporate stooges.
It’s simpler than that.
They will disappear because they are in our way. Animals don’t fit into human civilization. They are untidy. They eat cattle, goats, chickens, sheep. They trample fields and demolish gardens. They take up space that could be profitably used for shopping malls and suburban subdivisions. They are more valuable dead than alive and ever so much fun to shoot.
Predators and large animals are inconvenient.
When humans finds something — anything — inconvenient, we eliminate it. Kill it. Demolish it. Whether it’s a species, a river or a mountain. If it’s in our way, we make it disappear.
There’s a moral to the story. We should all take special care; we can be eliminated too.
Lions and tigers and bears? Bye bye.
P.S. If you think I’m exaggerating, please click on any of the related articles, or check out the Durell Wildlife Foundation, among many other organizations desperately trying to save what is left of our wild creatures.
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- 10 Animals Hunted (or Nearly Hunted) To Extinction (huntercourse.com)
- How Do You Save The World’s Most Endangered Cat? (huffingtonpost.com)
- Top 10 Awesome Animals We Let Go Extinct (toptenz.net)
- As Tigers Near Extinction, A Last-Ditch Strategy Emerges (3quarksdaily.com)
- It’s Time – to Build an ‘Ark’ (forestofpeace.info)
- Public Backlash Against the Lion-Killing ‘Hardcore Huntress’ (crooksandliars.com)