by Greg Krehbiel on 3 April 2017
It’s funny how our feelings about extinction change over time.
The Tasmanian Tiger might not be extinct. Which is kinda cool in a way, but the creature was hunted to the brink of extinction — and presumably for a reason. Probably something like “it’s killing our sheep.”
But most of us don’t think much about farmers and ranchers and such these days, or we don’t care much about their concerns in any event. We’ve been taught to think “extinct = bad,” but … is that really true?
There are some things that are extinct that I’m pretty glad aren’t around any more. T-Rex comes to mind, and the dire wolf. And I don’t think I would mind if mosquitoes were extinct.
I realize biodiversity is a good thing, but that doesn’t mean we have to preserve absolutely every critter that’s currently on the planet, does it?
2017-04-03 » Greg Krehbiel