Some people argue that too much attention and too many resources have been given to the protection of wild animals and birds. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
It is true that millions of animals suffer and die needlessly each year, as unfortunately, they are the collateral victims of disasters and human activities. In this case, much emphasis and many resources are allocated in the attempts to preserve rare or dying species. However, some people have launched attacks on the expenditure on animal protection. Yet I personally believe that efforts made to protect the animal welfare is a compelling obligation of human beings especially when we are partially held responsible for the disappearance of animals and birds.
On one hand, we have to admit the fact that earth is a closed system and therefore, all of its life is interdependent relying upon each other as resources. The more biologically diverse earth is the better the chance all species will have for survival, as obviously it ensures countless kinds of foods as well as raw materials for clothing, shelter, fertilizers and medicines all of which serve as the supporting pillar of the sustainable development of human society.
On the other, apart from natural disasters, some of the most common reasons that animals are extinct are caused by humans. They experience the terrible effects of disasters that people do: injury, starvation, thirst, displacement, illness and stress. For example, construction forces animals of all kinds to move to a different place and adapt to a place that they’re not used to. Pollution and contamination is also caused by humans. Most pollutants in the air can usually be ascribed to cars, trains, factories etc. Contamination is caused by humans throwing debris into rivers, ponds, canals, beaches and even oceans. Animal test are another cause we cannot neglect. These years animals are increasingly used to develop medical treatments, determine the toxicity of medications, check the safety of products destined for human use, and other biomedical, commercial, and health care uses. Therefore, we are not in the position to opt-out of the responsibility of protecting those endangered species.
In conclusion, I would say that we do need to be more aware of the protection of wild animals and birds and take action accordingly. Yet this does not necessarily mean that we should focus our resources solely on wild species. Other approaches like tightening restrictions on human activities which may result in devastating impacts on both the living species and environment we share may be more effective.
Needlessly 不必要的 ; 不需要地
Collateral 抵押品 ; 抵押物 ; 担保品
compelling obligation 强制义务
displacement 取代 ; 移位 ; 替代
starvation 饥饿 ; 挨饿 ; 饿死
debris 残骸 ; 碎片 ; 破片
toxicity 毒性 ; 毒力 ; 毒性作用
devastating 毁灭性的 ; 破坏性极大的