Is Losing Animals Worth a Few Dollars?

Is Losing Animals Worth a Few Dollars?

Over on animal-fest.com, I have been going through a list of heritage breeds of farm animals.  As I write about critically endangered rabbits, pigs and other livestock, I think about all of the animals we have lost over the years.  According to some reports, the rate of extinction is ever increasing, and more species now are being wiped off the planet than ever before.  This should receive more attention than it does, for this is one of the greatest tragedies of our time.

Just last month, I wrote about the Western black rhino that has been officially declared extinct.  What is most sickening about that particular example is that some of these rhino species are forced into extinction for the sole purpose of harvesting their horns.  It is so incomprehensible to me, to completely destroy a species for a few dollars.

The worst part is, the rhinos are not an isolated case.  Elephants faced the same fate for their ivory, and I am certain there are other species on the brink of extinction just so their body parts can provide someone a profit.

As fellow inhabitants of this world, it is not only our right, but also our duty to do what it takes to stop things like this from happening.  I am not at all opposed to hunting, and while I dislike regulations in general, something needs to happen to stop this destruction.

What do you think it will take to preserve the species who are on their way to extinction?  What can we do to make sure this does not continue to happen?