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News Western black rhino now extinct

  1. Jun 22, 2013 #1
    http://www.cnn.com/2011/11/10/world...pecies-report/index.html?sr=sharebar_facebook

    Here is a full list of other endangered species
    http://www.earthsendangered.com/list.asp
     
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  3. Jun 22, 2013 #2

    Evo

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    Sickening.
     
  4. Jun 22, 2013 #3

    lisab

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    :frown:
     
  5. Jun 23, 2013 #4

    BobG

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    All species eventually die (as will the human species at some point). Average lifespan for a species is approximately 1 million years (very roughly), with an average skewed by many short lived species and a few long lived species.

    That said, the rate of extinction at this particular time rates as a mass extinction event. In the past, life on Earth has always recovered from mass extinctions after about 5 to 10 million years (longer than the lifespan of the Homo genus, let alone our species).
     
  6. Jun 23, 2013 #5
    The sad thing is that it was not natural per say. It was from poaching.
     
  7. Jun 23, 2013 #6

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    Exactly, it wasn't their time to go. They are killed for their horns, the Chinese buy the poached horns and sell them ground up as an aphrodisiac.
     
  8. Jun 23, 2013 #7

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    Anecdote from a wildlife biologist acquaintance: some 20 years ago, Grizzly bears and Kodiak bears in Alaska were being heavily poached for their gall bladders, which were supposedly a cure for erectile dysfunction :rolleyes:. The main markets were Japan and South Korea.

    But the poaching reduced noticeably around 2000. Why? Viagra! Unlike bear gall bladder, it *actually* works, so why go kill a poor bear?

    Poaching is still a big issue, though. Apparently there is still a market for other "medical" :rolleyes: uses for bear gall bladders.
     
  9. Jun 23, 2013 #8

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    Well the Western Black Rhino is a subspecies of the Black Rhino species (still around), so by that standard a human subspecies has already gone extinct (Neanderthals).
     
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  10. Jul 2, 2013 #9
    No big deal: I place the economic interests of humans over that of rhinos (or trees, for that matter).
     
  11. Jul 10, 2013 #10
    Are you saying you support the horn/ivory trade?
     
  12. Jul 13, 2013 #11

    Claude Bile

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    So much derp, on so many levels.

    Claude.
     
  13. Jul 21, 2013 #12
    I read a book called "Uncas" it was a good book and spoke of the unification of the Mohegan Indian tribes on the east coast(CT) area. Can you imagine that time of clear waters and knowing what was coming. This person unified the tribes which enabled settling that much earlier and allowed the development of the US.

    What would have happened during various wars and what would have been the outcome had this tribe not unified the coastal tribes. He questioned his acts until death wondering the affects of what he had done.

    Without compassion or a sense of loss or respect for all life a human being is nothing to themselves or to anyone else. Our disconnected reality is our greatest enemy in life and will always be.

    The economic system is a curse upon the earth that drives all that has ever been bad upon this earth. We could have become what we can be without it.
     
  14. Jul 22, 2013 #13
    Of course, everything they sell is either an aphrodisiac or grants good luck.... or breaks 2 days after you buy it.
    Damn iPed.
     
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