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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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