Greed. It can easily be listed as one of mankind’s worst enemies/sins, by drawing out the worst in people. Greed is the reason for most problems in the world. One of which, is animal endangerment. Animals are being relocated and killed from their natural habitats for a ridiculous reason, money. A dead carcass and pelt of a tiger can easily be sold for $10,000. Easy money. All you have to do is shoot a tiger, clean it, sell it and a pile of money lands on your laps. However this isn’t the major reason that animals are going extinct. It is that they don’t have protection from harm.
The people who are supposed to be protecting them? The zoos. Some are dedicated to preserving endangered animals for future generations, while others are dedicated to money. They build attractions and focus on gathering as much in come as they can rather than caring for the animals. For example, they spend thousands of dollars for an eye-catching exhibit for lemurs because the project is well funded, rather than set up a separate exhibit for the macaques that are dying out. This example proves how greed can turn a animal-loving zookeeper into a heartless business man. Wrong decisions are being made. In my opinion, exotic animals, animals people haven’t seen yet are the ones that would attract the most attention. If people go to the zoo often, they don’t want to revisit the alligator that they already have passed by several times. They want to see something new. This way the zoo’s can preserve animals while making a profit.Another way of preserving animals has also been proposed. “build facilities — not necessarily open to the public — that are large enough to handle whole herds of animals so that more natural reproductive behavior can occur.” I really like this idea, because this way the endangered animals have a sanctuary in where they can start increasing their population again.
Animals in every nook and cranny of the world are dying out. We are the only ones that can help and save them again. I don’t think we are saving animals out of kindness, it is because it is us, the humans that have caused this. Animals thrived before humans came along, now that we are here they are dying out. We were the ones going out, hunting their kind for a profit. We are the ones destroying their habitats for our basic needs. Would it be better for them now, without us? No, because the damage done to them is too great now. We cannot stop the polar caps from melting, and we cannot prevent any other disasters. We have to fix what we have started. Each and everyday, more animals are at risk of being endangered. The bar is set high everyday for animal conservation. It is driving some zoos to the limit. “If you can’t keep up, then you probably need to be dropped off the bottom.” The quote is harsh but, true. . If a zoo isn’t to preserve animals than what are they for? To make money? For entertainment? We are causing more animals to die. Us humans are the only ones that can make sure animals don’t all go extinct. Imagine a world without animals.
Animals are part of our lives. Everyday, I wake up to the sweet melody of chirping birds. I go to school everyday, seeing my neighbor’s dog. Of course these animals are unlikely to go extinct, my point being that we need animals. However there are endangered animals that are a part of us. They are a part of our childhood and memories. Every kid has gone to the zoo and has been fascinated by them. The feeling of awe, is what gives us inspiration. It boosts our imagination. We coexist to benefit each other. Which is why we need to start saving these animals. We no longer can be selfish and only think of money. Thousands of animals die each day. If the rate continues, there will no animals left. The only memoir we have of animals lie in our memories and movies. It is a gloomy thought, to think of no animals in the world. Waking up to the silence of day, instead of the birds chirping. Going into a zoo that’s deserted instead of being full of life. We cannot let the animals die out.