“It’s time to leave the pandas to their fate.”
An article on BBC states that scientists are in favor of abandoning species that have no chances of survival. Endangered species such as pandas and tigers require many resources to stay alive, and preserving the life of these animals in captivity are extremely expensive. Biodiversity loss is increasing at an alarming rate mainly due to deforestation and illegal poaching. Scientists believe that the only way to conserve biodiversity while they still can is to focus their efforts to save species that have a better chance of repopulating. This choice will leave species like the humpback whale and polar bear on their own to do the best they can to survive.
People who are in favor of this controversial decision, like wildlife guide Paul Goldstein, believe that the world only wants to save animals that are attractive, like cute baby seals. If not for this appealing factor, then the seal population would not have increased and efforts to save it would have diminished. Keeping animals in a zoo, as stated earlier, costs a fair amount of money, and it doesn’t do justice for other species like the rhinoceros which nobody really gives a second thought about yet is on the verge of extinction.
Others who are against this idea, such as Diane Walkington from World Wide Fund for Nature Conservation (WWF), argue that the destruction of habitats is the primary cause of declining populations. People have been destroying homes of thousands of species and altering the food chains of animals. Humans are at fault for not considering their impacts on nature. She believes that people still have a chance to save all endangered and threatened species, though, if they decrease deforestation and increase conservation of natural habitats.
Being the huge environmentalist that I am, I was pretty shocked when I read this article. I thought that scientists would be more than willing to do everything they possibly can to protect these endangered species. I guess it’s not only scientists, but also ordinary people everywhere in the world as well that have been dedicated for so many years to protect these animals and plants from disappearing on this earth. It’s like giving up. They have already planted a seed of hope and put so much time, money, and effort to water and give sunlight to this seed so it can sprout and grow. But along the way, they decide to cease all their hard work and abandon their project to create a change that will bring life back into nature. They won’t be able to see the fruits of their labor because everything is now useless; an example of an individual’s efforts wasted.
I’m completely against this idea. Even though I might be a pessimistic person who rarely gives second chances, I believe scientists and representatives of wildlife groups—people who have authority and a big impact on the community—should be more open about giving every species a chance at survival. I know I sound like a hypocrite, but I just expected the world to be a lot more optimistic than this.