Beauty trumps beast in conservation efforts

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Beauty trumps beast in conservation efforts

Post  Admin on Mon May 14, 2012 6:27 am

Human concepts of beauty are shaping conservation efforts, protecting good-looking plants and animals over ugly ones, a study suggests.
The report, "The new Noah's Ark: beautiful and useful species only,"has been published in the 2012 edition of the scientific journal, Biodiversity.
It describes how vulnerable species that overtly display characteristics human beings respect or find desirable -- such as beauty, strength, power or cuddliness -- are more likely to be the focus of concerted conservation programs than animals or plants that are less appealing to the eye.

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Re: Beauty trumps beast in conservation efforts

Post  The Herp Father on Mon May 14, 2012 7:37 am

How sad is that we have to find something cute and cuddly before we will react to save it from extinction? Could this be the reason that so many species are going extinct? This also goes back to my other topic when do we rescue an animal in the wild and when do we allow it to pass on and follow the natural cycle of life?
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