Someanimal species such as dinosaurs and dodos become extinct because of naturalprocesses. So, it is not necessary to try and prevent this from happening. Doyou agree or disagree?
Over time many animals have disappeared from the planet due to changes in theenvironment. Some people argue that we should not feel obligated tointerfere with the natural process of extinction. I disagree wholeheartedly, as I believe that we have the responsibility to protect endangered species.
While extinctions do occur naturally, scientific evidence clearly indicates that thecurrent rate of extinction is much higher—nearly hundredfold—than the naturalrate of the past. Although the main threat is habitat loss on a global scale,the higher extinction rate comes from a wide array of sources: environmental pollution, climate change, over-exploitation and illegal trade of wildlife forcommercial purposes, and so on. Thus, in this sense, it would be misguided toattribute extinction to exclusively “natural” processes. Rather, ithas been drastically accelerated by human activity, and for that, weshould all shoulder responsibility in preventing the further loss of wildlife.
Another majorreason is that, there are numerous benefits to conserving endangered speciesand promoting biodiversity. Nearly all living things exist in avast, delicately balanced ecosystem, and if certain species, particularly“keystone” species, were to go extinct, the entire ecosystem could befundamentally altered or even destroyed, as well as the lives of allorganisms living in it. Because we all depend on clean air, water, and land fora sustainable future, preserving a healthy ecosystem cannot be understated.Moreover, a well-balanced ecosystem can bring us tangible medicinal benefits aswell. A number of chemicals derived from endangered species are valuable tomedical research and can treat diseases ranging from heart disease to cancer.If these species had gone extinct beforehand, then their medicinal properties would not have been discovered.
In summary, even though some believe that it is unnecessary to try to prevent theextinction of some animal species, I contend that there are many compellingreasons to do so.