“Extinction is Forever”: Not a Tagline
The beauty in our lives is disappearing. But I say let’s do what we can do. There are many who feel the hopelessness of it. I feel it too. However, the wild species of this planet still need every voice and every person who will shake himself or herself out of apathy. They need it. We need it. Passively accepting the destruction of these wondrous beings poisons our souls.
In the news recently, and certainly not a comprehensive list:
- Accelerated modern human–induced species losses: Entering the sixth mass extinction : It is likely that modern humanity has already irreparably put in motion a terrible wave of extinction beyond our current comprehension. “Averting a dramatic decay of biodiversity and the subsequent loss of ecosystem services is still possible through intensified conservation efforts, but that window of opportunity is rapidly closing.”
- A Reckless Sneak Attack on America’s Birds : The Duncan “Bird Killer Amendment” is legislation preventing the enforcement of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act which has protected birds in this nation for 100 years. It is sad that we need such an Act to help restrain the greed of mankind. We do. The bill with amendment has passed in the House of Representatives, but it is not law yet. Take action here.
- While some zoos play an admirable part in some conservation efforts, humanity is developing an ever deeper callousness towards utilizing animals for human entertainment. No matter how you feel about certain animal rights groups, do your own research. See what you come up with. See why documentaries such as Blackfish can’t be dismissed. See why apathy towards horrific mass hunts in places like Taiji (dolphins and small whales) and Africa (rhinos) is simply unacceptable. See why the “justifications” of such activities are lies. For example, in Taiji the defense is said to be “tradition” – yet it is a “tradition” that never existed until the late 1960s and the rise of marine parks. Dolphins who are not deemed as “pretty” enough for captivity are slaughtered for meat. The young are dumped back out to sea where almost certain death awaits them without the protection of their pods. Sea Shepherd and Ric O’Barry have been battling the Taiji “fishermen” for years and progress is slowly being made. Some people who are familiar with Whale Wars feel that Sea Shepherd’s tactics are too radical. Personally, I don’t. These people make a stand every single day – and sometimes pay the cost for it (e.g., Operation Jairo) – to battle the sacrifice of precious life to human greed. I often wonder what actions critics are taking if they don’t like the way other people are doing things. And I obviously know more about Taiji than some other issues. There are many issues. Too many.
Regardless of a few efforts to weasel around the truth, extinction is forever. This is no tagline. There is, and will be, no undoing what we’ve done. These creatures and nature itself are sometimes the only manifest reminders that beauty still exists in a world that is often soulless, desperate, and difficult. This is a “race we can’t afford to lose.” See the new documentary Racing Extinction by the makers of The Cove. To think otherwise is foolish. Will we fight to save what we can save now or lament when it’s too late? Our choice. It always has been.