Thursday, January 05, 2006
I know some of you think that the only things I write about are gorillas, bananas, and Elvis. Well, today, I'm going to surprise you. I'll bet you didn't know that I was a charter member of The Passenger Pigeon Society. As you know, the passenger pigeon species is extinct. There were once the most common birds in the world, and at one point, there may have been as many as 5 billion birds. Now, there are none. They were literally eaten into extinction by humans. You don't see pigeon pie on the menu much today, but before the 1900's, if you ate pigeon pie, you were probably eating passenger pigeon.
I am a vegetarian, but many other animals are not. Life subsists on life. However, when animals are hunted until they become endangered species (and then extinct) where is the interest for self-preservation? Humans shot all the passenger pigeons, and now there are no more passenger pigeons to shoot. If people were relying upon the meat from these birds for their livelihoods, then in essence, they killed the goose that laid the golden egg.
At one point, there were 5 billion passenger pigeons. Now, there are none.
What hope is there for the gorillas?