Friday, December 2, 2011

Should Giant Pandas be Protected?

Whether or not we should continue to protect giant Pandas has become a rather controversial question recently. Those who are opposed to the idea claim that the attempt to save pandas from extinction is simply not cost-effective. Naturalist David Packham, who was interviewed by Radiotimes, believes that conservation efforts should be given up on these animals. He stated that they are a “species that, of its own accord, has gone down an evolutionary cul-de-sac. It's not a strong species.” Others of the same opinion argue that money spent on the panda could be used more wisely (e.g. taking greater care of biodiversity hotspot.) So why are people interested in the conservation of pandas when there have been other animals, like the Yangtze River dolphin, which have gone extinct? Cuteness sells. Pandas appeal to people, whereas the Yangtze River dolphin wasn’t the most good-looking animal around. But those who support the protection of pandas also make several good arguments. First of all, the word ‘conservation’ has become so familiar with the general public because of animals like pandas. Conservationists also argue that the giant panda’s environment has been constantly encroached upon by humans, which has played a huge part in their struggle for survival.

Nithya Nambiar.

1 comment:

Niree Dingizian said...

For the same reason that it's publicized when stars champion causes, it's important to have a "poster child." The Panda got the ball rolling on conservation efforts and now that there is more awareness, people may better choose what they'd like to invest their money in. For example, without a person like Angelina Jolie supporting the fight against human trafficking, it might have stayed a hidden injustice. The Panda serves more purposes than one might think. Help the Pandas to Help the World!!