Readers' blog: Human overpopulation a factor on wild species

Most Irish media have been headlining the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) report on the critical demise of various species without noticing the huge impact Irish people have on the depopulation of these world species and even our impact on Ireland’s native animals and birds.

Readers' blog: Human overpopulation a factor on wild species

Most Irish media have been headlining the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) report on the critical demise of various species without noticing the huge impact Irish people have on the depopulation of these world species and even our impact on Ireland’s native animals and birds.

Overpopulation of the human species is a primary driver in hastening of extinction. The first news bulletin on RTÉ about the WWF report stated, “Wild Animals numbers are being reduced by human activities”. RTÉ is too politically correct to use the term ‘human overpopulation’, it seems. There is a direct link between the human population ‘boom’ and the corresponding increase in harmful emissions into the Earth’s atmosphere.

Having lived for long periods in Africa and Asia, I have witnessed first hand the results of overpopulation on wildlife. In one such African country the population had doubled since I first visited (and indeed lived) there in 1989. I spent six months in one West African country (in 1999) and — despite visiting several wildlife parks — I never saw any kind of animal that we associate with Africa. In fact, I was told by one wildlife expert there that “Many primates in this area have been slaughtered for food”.

We see advertisements on TV each day exhorting us to send more of our money to deserving African causes, while not realising that by doing so, we are contributing to the elimination of other species that inhabit this Earth, and which — in due course — will leave nothing living on this planet except a wretched abundance of humanity, with most of those heading for eventual starvation and oblivion.

Tom Baldwin

Midleton

Co. Cork

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