Kill invasive species
Conservationalists are usually against killing animals however they are leading a campaign against American mink in Britain. The mink is an invasive species that first arrived in the UK for fur farms in the 1950s. There were quickly escapees that began colonising Britain. The advance of the mink has damaged native species such as water voles. They have become such a problem that a cull has become necessary. This is a problem that is replicated around the world as land that was once cut off from other areas have been opened up by man. We have transported species on ships, planes and other forms of transport without considering the impact it may have on local biodiversity. Should we attempt to solve the problems we have caused by stamping out the invasive species?
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Invasive species spread quickly, damage habitats and can drive other species to extinction.
' - Compared to other threats to biodiversity, invasive introduced species rank second only to habitat destruction, such as forest clearing.
- Of all 1,880 imperiled species in the United States, 49% are endangered because of introduced species alone or because of their impact combined with other forces.
- In fact, introduced species are a greater threat to native biodiversity than pollution, harvest, and disease combined.
- Further, through damage to agriculture, forestry, fisheries, and other human enterprises, introduced species inflict an enormous economic cost, estimated at $137 billion per year to the U.S. economy alone.'
Using the example of the American Mink:
(the Mink) '...have had a devastating impact on local river wildlife, affecting birds such as moorhens, coots, widgeon and teal, fish and most markedly water voles, which have declined by more than 95% over the last 50 years.'
(http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-12323300 - 'Alien invaders: American mink removed from Scotland' )
According to conservation ranger Eimear Magee in the BBC article 'Escaped mink could be "disaster" for Donegal' (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-11435659) the Mink 'breed prolificly', 'have no natural predators here' and 'don't just take enough to feed themselves, they destroy the whole colony'.
If we can avoid the destruction of habitats and the deaths of local wildlife that depend on them just by humanely culling one species that does more harm than good, we should do so..
dont humans do this already? When someone steps on our property we go to war. What about the Africanized Bee? This is a bee that was made by a scientist to live in the jungle, but is instead a very irritable bee that flys in massive swarms (10 hives worth) and will chase anyone for over a mile just for being "near" their hive. They dont give you much time to get away either, they just attack and kill. Yes, these bees do, in fact, kill people. Their swarms are so massive itd be rare to escape such a chase. These bees should be eliminated from existance, they are not doing us any good.
We caused the problem, it is our responsibility to fix it.
An unnatural situation requires an artificial solution.
Sometimes it is natural for one species to dominate a habitat and wipe out several others. We could be redressing a balance where there isn't supposed to be a balance.
Taken to its logical extreme...
Not a practical sole/long term solution.
The more new extinctions their are the less diverse our world is.
What do you think?