The main reason it is important to save endangered animals is because they have a natural right to live. Other reasons to preserve endangered species include economic reasons- many animals (and plants) have an economic value that would be lost if they were to go extinct. Also, every animal plays a crucial role in their ecosystem; the removal of that animal could wreak havoc on the other species in their habitat.
The more animals you remove from an ecosystem, the more you risk having the entire ecosystem collapse. Ecosystems provide crucial services that humanity could not live without, from providing food to purifying our water to the air we breathe. Humans like to act as if we can go without nature, but the fact is that if these systems disappear from the planet, so do we.
But a major and dangerous risk of reducing animal species is the spread of disease to humans. Host species – species that carry diseases – are normally kept from reaching large numbers by predators and through competition with other species for the same resources. When you remove the other species, host populations can increase wildly and spread disease that much more easily. This is what happened with the outbreak of Lyme disease: there was not enough control for the rodents who carried the disease because their predators and competitors had been removed from the environment.
We don’t have to save endangered animals. It’s not necessarily a requirement for the continuation of the human species. But many, many people believe we should try to save them for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is the fact that many animals are going extinct as a direct result of the actions of the human species. The habitat degradation and destruction we have wreaked on the planet has caused a precipitous decline of many species, and the impacts of global climate change have having a massive impact on animal populations. Many people, myself included, believe that we have a moral obligation to try and help these animals that are unable to help save themselves from the problems we have created. In addition, our own fate may depend upon it—we do not by any means understand all the intricate biological and ecological connections within the animal kingdom, and the extinction of certain species may have larger consequences to the environment and our position in it than we could ever realize until they are gone.
Excellent answer, I enjoyed reading it.
All living things on the planet are literally interconnected. If we were to let several species of trees die off, we would be without clean air. The extinction of many species would most certainly affect humans. The earth’s eco-system is more complext than the endangered species list by itself lets on. We do not live irrespective of other animals. If certain plants in the rainforest become extinct, humans will be without vital cures to serious illnesses, many of which are found in that region. If bees become extinct, which let’s hope very seriously that they do not, than MANY plants will not be able to pollinate, since bees are the handy little creatures that carry pollen from male flowers, and deposit it on female flowers.
These are only a couple examples of the ways in which all life is very seriously interconnected. Many species will die as a result of just one vital species-death in a particular eco-system.
I agree entirely with the above poster – our understanding of the interlinkages between species, not even just in the same ecosystem but across the planet is still rudimentary. For instance, last year an international consortium of scientists compiled information on over 200,000 different marine species, as a part of the Census of Marine Life. What surprised scientists most was “was more than a number or a count. It was a sense of how closely life connects from one place to another and one species to another” (article here). The Census highlights the idea that if one, seemingly unimportant species disappeares, the ramifications could reverberate throughout the ecosystem as a whole.
because if they go extinct there is no way of getting that species back from the dead. did you know that 100 species go extinct every day! thats about 1 species every 15 minutes! so in about a million year only a few thousand humans will be left and they will slowly starve to death! that is why we have to save endangered animals. beacuse soon enough it will be US.
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