Should We Save Endangered Species?

1740 Words Feb 21st, 2016 7 Pages
Should more be done to protect and preserve endangered animals? The reasons for saving endangered species might seem obvious to many people, but many question why we should save a species from dying out. Isn 't this part of the process of natural selection? Is there any environmental benefit to preserving a dying species? For some it 's a question with an obvious answer, for others... it requires some thought. What benefit is there to saving an endangered species from dying out? This article outlines some of the arguments both for—and against—conservation of endangered species. Before we begin, a little background. A species is considered endangered if it is at a risk of becoming extinct, which can be due to a number of reasons, from climate change to human influence to even arguably natural causes. So, whether a species is considered endangered or not is not just looking at the current number of specimens existing, but also at the overall trend of species growth or decline and the reasons why.
Of course, there are a number of technical criteria relating to the conservation status of the species, from extinct the wild yet living in captivity to one of absolute least concern. Many of the arguments for—and against—saving endangered species work every bit as well for other species, regardless of their conservation status.
Without further ado, here 's a rundown:
One of the most frequent arguments put forth for species conservation is to maintain a high biodiversity. That word…
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