The animals that died out – or were about to – in 2018

Feline farewell: The Eastern Cougar is no more – and US corporate interests have been blamed for stealing its habitat.

Anyone who thinks this isn’t political has a lot to learn.

The activities of human beings have caused almost all recent animal extinctions, according to the website IFLScience, and although none of the following are based in the UK, British people should know that global developments like these deprive us all.

According to the website, the list begins with a movie star: the Spix’s Macaw. The star of Rio’s brilliant blue plumage has now been seen in the wild for the last time – around 100 of the birds still exist, and all are in captivity.

“Flying with the Macaws into extinction were the less well-known Alagoas foliage-gleaner, cryptic treehunter, and poo-uli. A recent study by biologists at BirdLife International put the probability of these species’ survival at just 0.1 – low enough to nudge them from “critically endangered” to “extinct” on the IUCN Red List.”

And” the eastern cougar was officially declared extinct – likely 80 years after the last one was killed in Maine. Sudan, the last male northern white rhino left in the world, died, reducing the global population of the species to just two females. And for many other animals, like the 12 tiny vaquita porpoises left in existence, it’s just a matter of time.”

Your politicians may not care – or may want you to think there’s nothing they can do. That isn’t true.

But they won’t do anything if people like you don’t ask them. And you can’t do anything if you don’t know. So now you know.

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1 thought on “The animals that died out – or were about to – in 2018


    This is a tiny sample of what we are doing.
    In effect, the human race since 1970 has committed genocide on a planetary wide scale. Between 1970 and 2012 we exterminated 58% of all species on earth, by 2014 that had increased to 60%. That is an average. In many cases 90% have gone, eg British hedgehogs.
    Consumerism, neo-liberal capitalism and population overshoot have all combined to wreak this havoc.
    Folks, we are in the middle of the sixth extinction event and somehow we think Brexit is important.
    Forget all these greenwash campaigns to “save the planet.” The planet will be fine, whatever happens. What is happening now is merely pre-programmed response to our inputs, even if it means a 12*C warmer world long after we are gone. What they are really saying is “save the human race” as if we somehow have more importance than all or other fellow earthlings. In our arrogance, our hubris, our greed, we as a species are destroying our natural habitat to a point where at least 90% of us will soon not exist. It is just unfortunate that we will take down at least 90% of other innocent species with us.

    Doing anything about it, well, make up your own mind:

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