WILDLIFE IN THE WAY – Marilyn Armstrong

Despite all evidence to the contrary, I continue to hope that we will come to our senses and save our wild creatures. That being said, I have serious doubts that anything larger than a squirrel will survive in the wild.

I believe that all Earth’s large animals are doomed in their native habitats. Some will be gone soon. We will see the last of them in our lifetime.  The remaining species will succumb eventually. Tigers, wolves, lions, jaguars — all the big cats — as well as other large land animals — elephants, rhinoceroses, hippopotamuses, apes and many more –will no longer have a home on this planet.

There will be no wild places.

Humans will, for a while, maintain controlled populations of various 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 and elephants in less than a decade. It’s possible the rhinoceroses are already gone. If wolves are removed from endangered species status, they will be hunted to extinction in no time flat.

elephants-in-the-serengeti

Want to know why? Really? It isn’t the long complicated explanation you will get from environmentalists or public talking heads. Let’s skip past statistical analyses and the convoluted nonsense spouted by government officials and corporate stooges.

It’s simpler than that.

The animals will disappear because they are in our way. Animals don’t fit with human civilization. They are untidy. They eat cattle, goats, chickens, sheep. They trample fields, demolish gardens. They take up space that could be more profitably used for shopping malls and suburban subdivisions. They are more valuable dead than alive — and ever so much fun to kill.


Predators and large animals are inconvenient.


When humans find something — anything — inconvenient, we eliminate it. Kill it. Demolish it. Knock it down. Whether it’s a species, a river, a mountain, or a classic old building. If it’s in our way, we make it disappear.

There’s a moral to the story. We should all take care because we can be eliminated too. If we don’t watch our step, we will eliminate ourselves.

Siberian Tiger Français : Tigre de sibérie Ita...

If you think I’m exaggerating, please check out the Durell Wildlife Foundation, which is one of many organizations desperately trying to save what is left of our wild creatures. Durrell is my favorite, probably because Gerald Durrell who founded it was the writer whose work first got me interested in wildlife and saving it.



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14 replies

  1. There have been strange moves afoot for at least the last 20 years. The corporate world has been busy buying up vast tracts of the globe in order to conserve wildlife. This is now a highly successful financial instrument that earns billions from investment. Nature Conservancy (US) and the WWF among others have been involved this. The upshot is that a great deal will continue being protected. The downside is that indigenous peoples are often excluded from their native homelands. In set-ups where things go more fairly, such conservancy bodies work with local people to advance their health, education, and business opportunities. I’ve just posted about a apparently benign private conservancy in Kenya – Lewa Downs, still going strong since our day there, but other conservancy intiatives around the world are not so benign. George Monbiot wrote about it back in the 1990s in ‘No Man’s Land’.

    As to wildlife, there is no doubting there are many species under threat from human action, but at the same time much is being done to restore wild habitats. The Baltic States have done some fantastic work. There are some v.heartening films on YouTube e.g.

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    • I was in Israel for 9 years, so when I got back to the states, the new culture hit me over the head. Things like efficient banks, but none of the great street food. Commercials on television. Everyone didn’t have a house with a solar panel for a water heater. But not everyone had as much sun, either. But the entire mid-west had changed. All those ranges and cattlemen were consolidated under gigantic conglomerates. That’s why we’re having food shortage issues. Half of our pork and beef are not being produced. Each company closed two facilities. Both companies are the major producers of beef and pork.

      And then there are the deliveries which don’t get delivered because there’s no one to get the deliveries rolling. Rich Paschall does the airline version of this and it is cra-zee!

      We’ve sold our souls to developers and conglomerates. They run the world. One of them has more money than all of us together.

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      • We found we didn’t recognise the UK either after 8 years away. It was as if individual wishes were no longer countenanced; we’d all become profit units and had to conform to corporate systems even if you were only buying a fridge. We did a lot of raging to begin with.

        And as to the stupid amount of loot certain individuals have acquired on the back of what is basically slave labour – well it should be confiscated and put into a fund for people and planet well being. But then who would we trust to run it!

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  2. Horrible as it is to live through Covid-19, Marilyn, changes coming out of this virus with regards to consumerism, air travel and the like, may just help save our environment. I do believe that now that business has got its mind around video conferencing and meetings instead to travelling just to attend a meeting or training, we may well take a giant leap forward into the fourth industrial revolution.

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  3. Man, you’ve touched upon one of my biggest grievances. Up here in Northern Utah, I’m watching the wholesale destruction of green space – and along with that the native wild species that called those green spaces home. It hurts my heart. I cannot believe man is so damned blind, but we live in a time when common sense is dead (extinct), money is the king of everything, and greed and corruption run unchecked. I’m grateful to know that I won’t be around long enough to see much of the specie-cide happen. The amount I have seen has sickened my soul. Aren’t we blessed to be in the twilight and winters of our lives? What’s coming is horrible.

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    • This (relatively minor for most people) plague may be the wake-up call we need. Unfortunately, Utah and other northwestern states don’t seem to get it. They see all wildlife as “the enemy.” They have the same problems in Africa, but there the problem is trying to farm enough food to feed the people. Elephants are not stopped by wire fences and they go where they go. Ranchers — cattle and other meat animals — are more in danger from big cats than people. It’s not unreasonable they they should be allowed to eat, too. We need to make room for other species.

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  4. I read in the paper that wild boars were in the streets of Rome. Apparently they were taking advantage of the empty streets. So if we get out of the way they will take over.
    Leslie

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