Habitat destruction leads to extinction

Via Phil we discover there is a species that has recently been pushed to the edge of extinction in the U.S. and Europe. It has come as a bit of a surprise to officials on both continents. They are comparing it to the Giant Panda and the house sparrow:

“When the bamboo forests that the Giant Panda lives in were cut down, the bear became threatened with extinction.”

“We learned this lesson with the house sparrow. Twenty years ago we thought, ‘why bother to get one?’ since they’re so common,” he said.

“Next thing you know, the sparrow was on the threatened species list and they’re almost impossible to find in the Netherlands.”

Yet despite clear evidence it’s because of the reduction in their habitat I haven’t seen anything in the news or heard of any proposed legislation to protect this endangered species. I can’t imagine it would be difficult for the species to recover and save it for future generations. It would require some enforcement to make sure their habitat was restored but I’m sure millions of people would accept the job of habitat inspector even at minimum wage. I’ll bet some people would even pay to have a job like that.

I don’t know for certain but I have to wonder if the reason for avoidance of the issue is because it’s primarily women that are destroying the necessary old growth vital to the survival of the species. If so, I don’t want to hear how women are more caring and how the planet would be better if women were in charge. Of course women, as is typical, will probably blame it on men anyway:

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  1. Joe, you dog. You had me going right up to the last sentence!

    As for the Panda, it will be saved as soon as it’s made personal property. Put it on the local menu, and people will be jumping over each other to protect and to raise them for profit. Charge hunters ten thousand dollars per kill, and you’ll see the panda population climb to problematic levels.

    As for the lice, introducing a free-market, producer/consumer economic solution is a bit of a stickler, though I’m sure the “animal rights” groups will come up with an answer. Just let them be themselves (and stay to themselves) and it will work out fine, I’m sure.

    Did you see the two-part Southpark episode on the subject? Therein may lie another answer– it seems a few celebrity women may..well, just watch the episode.

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