the extremists

Stanley A. Gorodenski stanlep at
Tue Jan 23 22:07:38 EST 2001

>         Exactly. And animals, in conditions suitable for development and
> reproduction, are adapted to withstand all but massive and sustained
> increases in predation.
> But for many organisms those suitable conditions, in portions of their
> range, are becoming sparse and fragmented. This happens partly because
> the bulldozer approach is the easiest way and partly because "We grieve
> only for what we know." and most people are blissfully unaware of the
> treasures at their feet.
>         Any activity which gives people an opportunity to interact directly
> with the natural world, including collecting insects, should be
> encouraged. Laws which forbid collecting, in my opinion, belong in the
> circular file.
I feel the only long range solution to habitat preservation is
controlling, and even reducing, our own population.  It makes little
sense, to me, to be passing and enforcing regulations (concerning
collecting, etc.), and setting aside small conservation areas and
reserves, when in the long run they will be for nothing if the human
species continues to swamp the earth.  I would think conservationists,
if they are serioius about their cause, would also be activily promoting
population control, but I do not see this happening to any significant
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