Animal Cruelty blog
An endangered species is any species of plant or animal that is at high risk of extinction. There are over 60 species of animals all over the world that are critically endangered or endangered. Most animals that become endangered are because of threats from changing environments or predators. This could be because of human intervention such as building roads, deforestation, poaching, etc. Animals can also become endangered from natural circumstances such as natural disasters, invasive species, etc.
An Extinct Species is any species of animal, plant, or organism that can’t be found in the wild or in captivity any more. There is over 906 animal species that have been recorded as extinct in the world. In the last forty years we have lost over ten species of animals, that means there has been ten different types of animals completely wiped off the Earth never to be found again. For example, the Golden Toad (1989), Zanzibar Leopard (1996), Po’ouli (2004), Madeiran Large White (2007), Tecopa Pupfish (1982), and many more. Scientists are worried about the high rate of recent animal extinctions in the world. Scientists have estimated that about half of the the species that are alive on Earth today may possibly become extinct within the next seventy five years.
Invasive species is any species of animal, pathogen, or plant that aren’t native to the ecosystem that they are put into. An invasive species’ introduction to foreign environments usually result in harm to the animals and plants that are native to that environment. Most of the time, invasive species are introduced by humans for various reason. Usually invasive species don’t have any natural predators causing them to reproduce at rates that can’t be controlled naturally. This relates back to endangered and extinct species because, often, invasive species will cause a native species to become endangered or extinct in their own habitats.
Many people may be wondering, well what does endangered, extinct, and invasive species have to do with animal cruelty? Well, a majority of animals that are endangered and/or extinct become that way because of human interaction. Us humans are probably one of the most invasive species. I say that because we are responsible for most of animal habitats getting ruined. We do a great deal of habitat destruction, for example: deforestation, desertification, coral reef degrading, etc. The main reason we do these things is for agriculture and manufacturing. In my opinion this is a form of cruelty. I think before ruining animal habitats for our own gain, we should stop and think is the risk of harming or endangering a species really worth it?
Friday, October 14th, 2016 - Blog Post 7