In a new study, Stuart Butchart of the U.N. Environment Program World Conservation Monitoring Center in
While progress is being made in some regions, the global failure means an ever-growing number of species are on the Red List of Threatened Species. 21% of all known mammals, 30% of all known amphibians, 12% of all known birds (and)...27% of reef-building corals assessed...are threatened with extinction," said Bill Jackson, deputy director general of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), which maintains the Red List.
If world governments are serious about preserving Earth’s species, the researchers argue that leaders must reverse detrimental policies, integrate biodiversity into land-use decisions, and boost funding for policies that tackle biodiversity loss head-on. “The rate of biodiversity loss does not appear to be slowing,” Butchart and colleagues wrote, reporting their findings in the April 30 issue of the research journal Science. "If the world made equivalent losses in share prices, there would be a rapid response and widespread panic."
So why aren’t wildlife conservationists hounding the government and large development corporations to start changing their practices? That is the question not only cat activists are asking but one that is being asked by anyone who cares for the planet. Why are we continually arguing over cats killing birds when study after study reports that human “interacts” with the environment are to blame for the planet’s loss of biodiversity and the increase in endangered species?
Instead conservationists are busy trying to convince the government that cats are to blame for wildlife degradation…saying that cats kill “billions” of birds a year so we need to start killing all the cats in order to save the birds and the planet. This not only sounds absurd, it IS absurd--when there are clearly LARGER reasons for the decline in bird populations and other wildlife. Every study that is released says, detrimental policies pertaining to deforesta- tion, land-use, and pollution are threatening wildlife ALL OVER the world.
I am getting tired of repeating myself in that if conservationists cared as much as they say they do about our planet, then they would STOP pitting birders against cat activists and JOIN us in the fight to save all animals before it is too late. I also liked the one quote by Butchart and colleagues that says, “If the world made equivalent losses in share prices, there would be a rapid response and widespread panic.” Isn’t that the SAD truth!!! The asnwer to the question my friends is MONEY...but we all knew that.