An Owl for An Owl
by kdesrochers on March 16, 2015 - 9:37pm
In the article, “Shooting Owls to Save Other Owls”, published by National Geographic News on July 19, 2014, and written by Isabelle Groc who illustrates that whether one believes it is right to kill one species for another is no longer an issue as the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has decided to try a new tactic in order to save what is known as “an icon for environmentalists: the northern spotted owl” (Groc). Lowell Diller has been the chosen one to kill the rivals of the northern spotted owls in an attempt to save the population of the spotted owls in northern California. According to Groc, the northern spotted owl was listed as an endangered species in 1990 and its habitat has dramatically decreased by 88% since the early 1800s. The newest thought to save the owl is to kill other owls; the rival species in question are that of the barred owls who are pushing the spotted owls out of the habitat and invading their territory.
Evolution is an important scientific aspect; evolution has allowed people to understand how humans have made it so far while other species have not. Evolution has demonstrated the importance of change and moving forward. If it would not have been the dying off of other species, humans may not have come to be where they are today. If dinosaurs would not have become extinct, who’s to say humans would even be alive? By taking initiative in deciding that a species should be killed in order to save another is like trying to play the role of God all over again. Many organizations take the opportunities to try and save other species, however, this does not always necessarily include killing another. WWF Canada is an organization that accepts donations and tries to preserve habitats by creating national parks, protecting other pieces of land, etc. The goal of WWF is to protect life not kill off another.
It is important to remember that evolution is a part of life, I understand trying to save species and protect their environment. However, I do not believe that humans have the right to take initiative to kill other animals for the sake of what is seen as icons. All of life is important and should be protected, though adaptation is something that must be allowed to happen. Therefore, instead of trying to play God, mankind should use the tools at hand to protect and save the environment and species without harming another.
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