Saturday, January 1, 2011

Will Exotic Pets Help Save Mother Earth?

Only five percent of known plant species have been screened for their medicinal values though we are losing 100 species daily to extinction. Because of this five percent, there are many diseases that my children will never have to suffer, like my parents suffered and past generations before them. Have we already lost the cure for cancer or the common cold?

We continue to clear millions of acres for houses, buildings, parking lots, and agriculture. We continue to poison our lands and water supplies. We drain wet lands to have more land to farm or to build cities. For each single plant that we lose it triggers a domino effect, with this single plant triggering the loss of thirty more insects, plants, and animals. Our ecosystem is unraveling where will it end?

It is estimated that there is one and a half million species on earth today. There was twenty times that. There were thirty million species on our earth and that has dwindled down to only one and a half million. In the scheme of things our earth is very young and that is a significant loss. What have we done?

In our infinite wisdom and greed we are destroying the very life that gives us life!

The two primary reasons for extinction or endangerment are habitat loss and exploitation. Exploitation rears its ugly head in many forms but the main drive to exploit is money and greed.

I support the right of people to own animals, as long as they do so in a responsible way. These animals must never be bought from smugglers, or other illegal means. Only buy exotic pets that are captive bred or “homegrown” animals. If there is no demand for smuggled animals it will drop the profitability out of the illegal pet trade. Read the rest of the article here!

Will Exotic Pets Help Save Mother Earth?

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