Save the Vaquita Day is the first Saturday after the 4th of July, and it serves as a reminder that preventing extinctions means acting early.
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Dividing by subspecies just makes no sense. It may not be truly comparable to race in humans, but it's in the same ballpark - the difference between subspecies feels much closer to racial difference than to the difference between species in a genus. Ultimately, I struggle to feel too broke up about a subspecies going extinct whilst other populations of the species are around. In time, the species can be reintroduced to the area it had gone extinct from. Refusing to interbreed to save the species itself is madness. Imagine if all leopards become extinct, forever - that's a tragedy, a distinct, recognisable species gone from the world. And we would feel like right f***ing Charlie's if we could have saved them by blending the subspecies a bit. Ultimately, the only moralities in extinction are doing what feels right to humans and what benefits the ecosystem. No ecosystem is gonna be upturned by losing genetic purity of a subspecies, and human empathy and sadness is many, many hundreds of times stronger for the loss of a species than for the loss of a subspecies.
In the case of the Amur leopard, surely the relevant factor is that leopards used to thrive in this area and now they don't. Take what genetic diversity exists in that population, fold it into the wider leopard population and work on developing Korea, China and eastern Russia to become places where humans can coexist with reintroduced leopards. Don't get hung up on a subspecies.
the video from somewhere around 2016, which is refered to at the ending, says we speed up extinction about 1000x times and now it's only 100x or somewhat more in this video. Seems like we're doing pretty good !
The way I see it, a certain variety is good and needed, but anything beyond that is just extra. The only reason 200 species and subspecies of things exist is because there was an open niche somewhere and a few species diversified. Supporting the ecosystem is one thing, but trying to save every single type of leopard with slightly different fur is just unnecessary because the niche they were bred for is likely going away and won't be coming back for a long time. If it opens back up, something will fill the void. That's how it works with every mass extinction. I can see an argument to keep them for science, but that just means getting genetic samples and maybe a small breeding program. We have more than enough leopards, and I doubt that one particular type not being somewhere will bring an end to the world.
I am studying biology in Baja California.You should include the reduction of the Colorado River because the several dams as a threat. There is a reason why the vaquita lived only there. They need an estuary, they need freshwater in their habitat, there is an ecological tragedy in the Gulf of California. Everyone should investigate about it.
Alright, here's my thinking. Harvest sperm and eggs from endangered species, and preserve them in a Scandinavian seed vault of sorts until we get to the point where we can manufacture genetic diversity. Genetic technology has and will make leaps and strides with CRISPR, and when you waaayyyy over simplify it, DNA and its diversity is just four nucleic acids.
I hate to say this but survival of the fittest. This is natural selection. If you can’t adapt to changes then you can’t thrive. This species clearly cannot thrive and will just have to wait for nature to give it something that will help it.
There is still more and more humans and we are still supporting further and further reproduction in fear of the pension system failing. As long as this crazy circle continues, most other forms of life will suffer.
Crossbreed them? Find a species genetically close enough to the Vaquita. The newer generations may not be the true species, but since there are so few left, there really isn't much choice. If the species ends up completely inbred, possible complications could kill them completely.
Couldn't you create clones from remains of dead animals? Like especially for the ones getting poached... Like that pelt still has the DNA, right? Could you not use it to make a clone? Do that a few times, add a bit of genetic diversity.... And tada.
Only issue is getting to the poached pelts.
Vaquitas have a difficult possibility to sustain but there are many others who needs our help. Like the famous Kashmir Hangul or Kashmir Stag which is a magnificent species of Red Deer known for its 11 to 16 pointed horns. I have signed a petition to save these big Deer and I want all my sci show fans to sign the petition so that we all can make a better world where animals too have a right to live. Links to the petition given belowhttps://www.thepetitionsite.com/673/681/583/save-the-hangul-the-kashmir-stag/THANK YOU!!!!
Folks, I'm not saying that extinction is something to look for, but try considering this: what would be worse for our species - letting the cute little cows die out, or sinking $X in conservation efforts? I don't mind giving research grants to scientists to study certain species (which may include conservation efforts), but it's straight unethical to leech off public opinion to drive these programs. We shouldn't save the vaquita because it's cute or quaint, but rather because of its ecological footprint and research potential
The heart of the problem is that we consider the very slightest of inconveniences to ourselves to be of greater concern than the extinction of another species. We are collectively unwilling to accept any degree of work or hardship in order to prevent the loss of nonhuman life until it's too late. The only way we can think to solve these problems is use mass psychology tricks to force a trickle of public decency to address a tiny fraction of the injustices we're committing. What does it say about us that simply being told about these problems is insufficient? We deserve our inevitable destruction.
Seems like the problem wasnt laws not being fast enough, but laws not being enforced violently enough. If poachers caused most of the damage then no amount of laws could stop it, since by definition poaching is against the law. But if poachers were to be hunted to extinction, we would have less animals going extinct. Seems like a fair trade to me.
simple solution ban fishing gear and fishing boats and just fishing in general in the gulf strictly travel any sort of large boat that isnt a cruise ship or a yacht is seen everyone on it gets arrested as for yachts they get searched if any fishing gear of any sort is found life in prison.
Darth Biomech The problem is the Vaquita is mostly harmed by bycatch. A.K.A. fishers are catching one fish and accidentally catching another (in this case they're accidentally catching the Vaquita). The Vaquita gets trapped in the nets underwater and without the ability to remove themselves from the nets, they drown as they can't resurface to breathe. Simply killing anybody for killing a Vaquita would be atrocious. Yes, banning certain kinds of nets can help, but most types of commercial fishing are harmful for the Vaquita. And we can't just ban fishing in the Gulf because there are many fisherman fishing legally trying to make a livable wage for their family. Sadly, it's more complicated than that.
The Florida Panther is now functionally extinct. The population showed signs of detremental inbreeding, and panthers from Texas were introduced, meaning that the panthers in Florida are now hybrids, not Florida Panthers. (Though maybe geneticists could breed them back, someday, somehow, like they're trying to do with the quagga and the aurochs.)
CHALLENGE PULL ONE MISTAKE OUT OF THESE SCIENTIFIC MIRACLES IN QURAN
The Creation of Life:
In Quran, Allah Almighty says:
“…We made every living thing from water. Will they not believe?” (21:30)
In this ayah of Quran, Allah Almighty holds water as the basic element of the creation of every living thing. The same thing is proved by science where it tells that every living thing comprises of cells and these cells consist of 80% cytoplasm, which in simple terms is explained as water. Therefore, science proves the very same fact which Quran mentioned 1400 years ago which might have seemed odd for the people of that time as there was no science to prove it then, but today everyone accepts this fact.
The Presence of Iron:
For the people of today iron is a metal that is found on earth. However, it is the scientists who have come to find the original source of iron as per which iron is not a metal of this earth rather it came from space. Quran says about iron in the following way:
“…… We sent down Iron, in which is (material for) mighty war, as well as many benefits for mankind.” (57:25)
From this ayah it is clear that the metal iron was sent down by Allah Almighty, hence it is not something of this world that grew or formed in it. According to scientists, billions of years ago meteoroids hit earth and these meteoroids came with the metal iron which then dispersed and immersed in different parts of the earth. Hence, in this regard as well, the saying of Quran predates scientific factual discovery.
The Protection Of Sky:
In Quran, Allah Almighty says:
“We made the sky a protective ceiling. And yet they are turning away from Our signs!” (21:32)
In this ayah, Allah Almighty mentions sky as a protective ceiling for people and calls it as a sign. It might not have been clear to the people of those days however, people of today who have access to science can agree with the fact that the sky actually does serve as a protective shield for life on earth.
Science tells that it is the presence of sky that protects the earth from the harmful radiation of the rays of earth and it is again the sky that serves as a protective blanket to keep the temperature of the earth moderate during nights. If it were not there then radiation would have caused havoc and the freezing temperatures at night would have extinguished life on earth. Therefore, the followers of science cannot refute the mention of this fact in Quran.
Function of Mountains:
In Quran, Allah Almighty says:
“Did We not make the earth a resting place? And the mountains as stakes?” (78:6-7)
From this ayah it can be inferred that mountains are like stakes, which go deep down in the earth. This claim of Quran has been also proven right by science according to which the mountains are not merely above the surface; rather they have roots deep down below as well. The best example of this can be the highest peak in the world Mount Everest. According to scientists, Mount Everest that is 9km above the surface has its roots almost 125km below the surface thus the metaphor of stake in Quran actually gets a scientific backing.
Expansion of Universe:
In Quran, Allah Almighty says:
“And it is We who have built the Universe with (Our creative) power and keep expanding it.” (51:47)
In this ayah, Allah Almighty refers to the expansion of the universe. According to this ayah, the universe has not been the same since its existence; it continues and will continue on changing. This fact was proven by science a hundred years ago when the astronomers found out that the universe is not stagnant, rather it is expanding with the passage of time, thus concurring with the claim of Quran.
In a nutshell, there are many more verses of Quran that are put to test by science. By far science has concurred with Quran and has found every claim of it true. The testing goes on and the time is not far when all the claims of Quran regarding universe and life will be considered scientific facts.
Species are fluid as are habitats. It has never not been so. It's great they can now be documented better on their short span on the planet forward and maybe there will be something after us that can look at the pictures of them left from us, and of us too...
All mass-net fishing should be internationally banned. And the Vaquita, Amur leopard and Javan Rhino are a model for saving the North Atlantic Right Whale. There are still enough to recover if we zealously protect them now.
An important point was made, conservation is often a zero-sum game between animals and humans. Protecting animals can mean hurting often impoverished local human populations. It can leave them without a viable livelihood, or make it extremely difficult and less profitable. So any conservation efforts will need to compensate for these harms, finding them alternative work or if necessary just giving them a stipend or subsidy to live off. In some cases the best option may be to pay them to leave the area altogether.
Why can't the classification of endangered, extremely endangered, etc. be shifted up? This would allow for the politicians to continue using the same words, while their then being more animals actually in the wild, allowing for the change to happen later in the species' fall.
All my life ive been told "you can't save them all." Very mater of factly they said it to me. Many many people. (My passion for helping and caring animals is kind of rediculous.)
But if we do try, we will have a higher chance of doing it more often then not..
We brought ferrets back. I think we can bring a lot back. We just have to give some species more attention.
At best we can try to get genetic samples sufficient to make a profile of them so that in the future we could recreate an approximate descendant species. It's sad to say they'll be gone until we figure out how to stop being exploitative little nerds.
Darth Biomech just because something breaks doesnt make it worth reparing......if a disposible razor breaks its best to just get a new one. Im just saying conserving life in general is understandable. But just cause its alive doesnt make it deserving of said life
I remember I did a small Publisher article on these in 12th grade environmental studies class. My teacher loved it so much, she asked for a copy and pinned it on the classroom wall.
That was about a decade ago. I wonder if it’s still there.
Why japonensis in binomial nomenclature if Chinese species? What disease from cattle? Do the Rhinos get Rhino virus? Nah, not really. We are wiping out human diversity, by calling not protecting it diversity? Vaquita? Are people calling them that cause of color, or whale calves look, or little cow name, hope no one was eating them! Save their germ cells and DNA!
I don't see any nihilism in the comment section, let me help:
All conservation is delaying the inevitable. While I don't think it's right to poach anything to extinction, let's see how any modern species is doing in half a billion years. If anything remains at all, it will have evolved beyond recognition. It's a bit sad, but at the same time inevitable. Eventually, there will be no evidence that anything existed at all. Unless there are unknown supernatural forces at work, everything will end and nothing really matters in the long term. Although matter can't really be destroyed, so perhaps everything is eternal after all.
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