Yes and no. As far as humans are concerned, I’m a big believer in Noblesse Oblige, but when it comes to other species I can’t help but feel that we should remember that nature does have a natural course. Basically, as long as we aren’t the ones causing the damage to the species in question, I believe we have no duty to explicitly protect it- stopping a wolf from eating a rabbit for ethical reasons seems beyond asinine. However, if a species is being overhunted by humans or its habitat is damaged by pollution or any number of other, similar reasons, it is absolutely our duty to step in.
Depends on how you look at it. Species going extinct is actually a naturally occurring phenomenon. Long before people had anything to do with it, species that were more suited to survive in changing environments thrived while those that weren’t died out. That’s why there are no pterodactyls left today, but crocodiles still exist. In comparison, today major extinctions are primarily the effects of man. Extinctions will be inevitable in the next centuries due to our actions, however. It’s simply not feasible to maintain and breed species in captivity on a large enough scale to save all the animals threatened by human impact. In my personal opinion, trying to maintain species in artificial environmental seems like it caters a bit too much to us playing god as well.
I think yes. If they are in danger because of human activity then definitely yes. It is not an animal’s fault if their entire habitat is destroyed by a new suburb development. We should do all we can to help the animals we displace.
Yes and for this reason.
Despite the claims that extinction is natural, it is silly to ignore the fact that humans contribute to much of the extinction. Look at any extinction graph and notice that the rate is exponentially increasing. Humans cause extinction by “overharvesting, pollution, habitat destruction, introduction of new predators and food competitors, overhunting, and other influences. Explosive, unsustainable human population growth is an essential cause of the extinction crisis.” (wiki). The main cause is habitat destruction. It is claimed that by 2050, climate change will errade more than 15% of land species and that increase in temperature due to increase in CO2 levels will cause extrinctions.
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