Sunday, 11 August 2013

Tiger, tiger, breeding bright ...

"A rare Sumatran tiger gave birth to two cubs on Monday in efforts to keep the breed from becoming extinct, according to the Smithsonian's National Zoo."

"The tiger named Damai gave birth to the first cub around 6:15 p.m. and the second around 8:23 p.m. Both cubs are healthy, but zoo keepers are monitoring the newborns. Damai is nursing and grooming both cubs, according to the news release."

"Sumatran tigers are critically endangered, with fewer than 500 Sumatran tigers in the wild."
(Here)
Sad to say, but I think celebration is naive.  We should stop wasting resources trying to preserve a species that is doomed in every meaningful sense.  We can not preserve them in their natural encvironment; preserving them in zoos would be an abomination.

Is it worthwhile concentrating resources in an effort to preserve these critically endangered species, or if we focus on stopping other species reaching crisis point?

As for the preserving them in zoos, you aren't preserving them. You can preserve tiger genetic code by maintaining a few sorry specimens in zoos, but the that things make a tiger a tiger are gone the moment you put it in a cage. I really can't comprehend how anyone can argue putting a tiger in a zoo is humane.

Let them - and all the other glorious species we have destroyed through our greed and stupidity - fade away.  We've tormented them enough.

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