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Old May 13th, 2013 (12:37 PM). Edited May 13th, 2013 by The Dark Avenger.
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Quote originally posted by Livewire:
Many species and plants possess a treasure trove of genetic and medicinal knowledge. Given how many poisonous/venomous animal species there are, would it not be pertinent to keep them around to synthesize antitoxins? I hope you don't go swimming and get stung by a Stonefish or if you come across a Black Mamba or a Rattlesnake. (And while you probably won't, there are millions of people that live in areas of the world populated by such creatures.) Or the hundreds of plant species that we use in medicines? That alone is impetus enough to save them, but there's also intrinsic value in saving biodiversity. I pity the generation that doesn't get to see amazing creatures like Polar Bears, or Tigers, or Rhinoceros in the wild, or at all.
I made the distinction that the only reasons why we should intervene the extinction of a species is when it would negatively affect human life. Like bees for instance.

Though, some wild creatures do not possess any viable resource to mankind, other than sentimentality. Using resources to prevent the extinction of an animal that only poses a sentimental value should not have resources used to prevent its extinction when those resources could go to the prevention of a species that is viable to the betterment of mankind.

Quote originally posted by Pinkie-Dawn:
And if the tigers go extinct, than there will be no top predator to keep the herbivores at bay from overpopulating the area and destroy the vegetation. It's really important to not mess with the ecosystem because of the domino effect; If one is gone, then so will the rest. It will also bring a huge impact on humans, if we didn't have the technology to live in space, which will then lead to our own demise because of our constant abuse to animals.
Top predators become extinct all the time in history, before mankind existed. Another predator simply emerges. One species extinction, does not always, if ever, mean the extinction of an ecosystem in its entirety, nor the extinction of the human race.

Though poaching, could be considered a breach of duty, in that tigers are a resource, and therefore they do not have the right to shoot them freely.
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