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Old 04-15-2013, 10:48 AM
 
Location: Somewhere out there
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Boat filled with protected species hits coral reef

...does not in any way surprise me these days. One can only hope that the perpetrators of this massive outrage do the maximum possible prison time, but I imagine some big bux will change hands and the crew, and more properly, the ship's owners, will walk.

Imagine: this harmless creature, the pangolin or scaly anteater, "harvested" for it's supposedly healing qualities (make sure you open one of the photos and take a look-see!)

I wonder if it's intended recipients might not die from the literal savagery of this act! One can only hope, and even pray, for such a consequence.
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Old 04-15-2013, 12:03 PM
 
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I too saw this and it made me sick to my stomach..."humans" supposedly are superior but ignorance abounds and is "holy" perpetuated by the all mighty dollar. The earth and its resources cannot sustain the rape and plunder it now undergoing indefinetly. Everyone seems to think is is not going to happen or at least "not in my time" so let someone else take care it. Mother Nature and Karma will get their revenge.
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Old 04-15-2013, 04:42 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn,NY
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Humans pollute and sadly have hunted several species of animals to extinction or near extinction. the Earth is a tough cookie and as an example I would suggest watching the series Life after man. it would take only days before the process of healing started on land and in sea. 10,000 years after we are gone little traces would remain of us having ever been here. The seas would be saturated with marine life again, Almost where the sea could be walked on. Amazing. While I do not want to get all goth and wish everyone would disappear I must say Earth after just 20 years without people looks a hell of a lot more peaceful and clean then it is now.
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Old 04-15-2013, 09:32 PM
 
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I'm a biologist and have several years working on conservation issues in California, where I used to live. I read a very depressing statistic back then that claimed that only 2% of Americans care deeply about environmental issues. I fault our education system for that. I wish that public schools would teach more classes like ecology (the relationships of organisms to their environment) and plain old natural history. Instead they teach cell biology, elementary genetics, etc., and stress microscopic processes than aren't evident in daily life, and are therefore less interesting to the average student, so people graduate without having any understanding of environmental issues - and worse, disparage those who do.

(Also, not to be pedantic, but it's "wreaking", not "wrecking" havoc.)
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Old 04-15-2013, 09:46 PM
 
Location: Toronto
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I'm a biologist and have several years working on conservation issues in California, where I used to live. I read a very depressing statistic back then that claimed that only 2% of Americans care deeply about environmental issues. I fault our education system for that. I wish that public schools would teach more classes like ecology (the relationships of organisms to their environment) and plain old natural history. Instead they teach cell biology, elementary genetics, etc., and stress microscopic processes than aren't evident in daily life, and are therefore less interesting to the average student, so people graduate without having any understanding of environmental issues - and worse, disparage those who do.

(Also, not to be pedantic, but it's "wreaking", not "wrecking" havoc.)
Seems like many average Americans do disparage people who care about the environment - they're just treehuggers. What's really important is making money, keeping that economy growing. Anything that gets in the way of economic growth is going to be branded unAmerican and its proponents ridiculed. And so the environmental movement remains on the fringes of American society.
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