Yes. Different species are becoming extinct due to their expensive horns, delicious meat, or whatnot. Due to this we have endangerous speicies lists. The different endangered species list is enforced by each of their individual governmental laws. Laws and policies enforces jail, community service and fines. These disincentives definately help endangered species from going extinct.
Yes. A perfect example of this is when the population of the bald eagle continued to decrease, up to the point that they were put on the endangered species list. After the Government enacted laws that protected the bald eagle, the population of our country’s symbol started to increase again. Creating Government policies is the key to protecting the precious species that currently exist on this planet.
Yes, I believe so. Scientists and conservations do us all a favor by keeping track of the Earth’s species. With their expertise, this helps us to realize how much human activity can impact the environment – without it, I am sure that our activities would have pushed many more animals into extinction than we already have (refer to the mnn link below). There is more that can be done: apparently human beings still eat animals that are on the brink of extinction, like river dolphins, fin whales, bluefin tuna, african forest elephants, gorillas, caribou, and green sea turtles. Politicians also have an affect on enforcing laws that protect endagered species, but many fail to do so which is disappointing. Many people believe that rules should extend to protect all species including gray wolves even though their populations have risen (they were seriously endangered at one point though).
Yes, but it is difficult to say how many fewer species we would have if all of our endangered species went extinct. How many species currently exist in on Earth is unknown, and scientists debate wide-ranging estimates from 5 to 30 million species. Only 1.8 million species have been described, but the rapid rate of discovery of new species leads scientists to conclude that there are many more that we do not know about. Without knowing the number of species that exist, it is even harder to conclude how many of these may be facing extinction. The International Union for Conservation of Nature keeps a “red list” of all the known threatened and endangered species, and their 2008 list contains 44,838 species. That includes 1,100 recently extinct or possibly extinct species. But that doesn’t even include the species that may be going extinct before scientists ever discover their existence. Although we don’t know how many exactly, we can conclude would certainly lose a lot of species if all the known and unknown endangered species kicked the bucket.
Absolutely. Conservation efforts have increased awareness and education about specific species, and has also enabled people to understand more about how the ecosystem and its health relies on every specie. Although conservation has been centered around a few key animals, I think that the practice of educating the public has made everyone more sensitive to the needs of wildlife in general.
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