The Cause Of Loss Of Biodiversity

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As mentioned prior, the most significant cause of loss of biodiversity is due to animal agriculture. To be more specific, it is due to, again, habitat destruction by deforestation for livestock, overgrazing (and compaction and erosion), which makes the land unable to be utilized afterward, and overfishing. To continue with the topic of deforestation and overall land use, it has been found that forty-five percent of the Earth’s total land is taken up by livestock. With all this land use comes detriments to soil fertility, which means one third of land in general ends up desertified due to the raising of livestock. The demand for more land for livestock use has also had direct disadvantages for wildlife in that, like with the orangutans in the rainforests, they are seen as in the way; they are deemed obstacles and ultimately blamed for their own deaths. This has a fairly obvious connection to the loss of biodiversity. To clarify, for example, according to Deniz Bolbol of the American Wild Horses Preservation Campaign, the government has been rounding up wild horses and burros, so that there are more wild horses (fifty thousand) in government holding facilities in the United States than there are free on the range. This is because ranchers are getting land which the government then divides up giving what they deem the appropriate amount of land for forage, water, “wildlife,” and the wild horses and burros. What has been found is that the government is giving a large share to
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