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Today’s news: oceans heading for mass extinctions, orphaned baby elephants and goose murder

June 22, 2011

Here are some fascinating articles that the humans (and animals ) at Current Instincts are reading today. Did we miss something major? Let us know below or send us an email.

1. Seas heading for mass extinctions. If current overfishing, global warming, and habitat loss continue at the pace they have, the oceans could be heading for a mass extinction. The diverging issues could lead to the loss of many species which would cause severe havoc on the ocean’s delicate ecosystem. (MSNBC)

2. Seven new species found in Philippines. The number of native mammals on Luzon Island in the Philippines has just jumped from 42 to 49. Seven new species, all field mice, have just been discovered. That’s awesome and all, but couldn’t they have been cooler mammals than rodents? Le sigh, they’re part of the ecosystem too. (Discovery News)

Mom can we keep him? We promise we'll clean up after him and take care of him ourselves!

3. Awesome woman devotes life to orphaned elephants. A new movie highlights how one woman has devoted her life to rehabilitating orphaned elephants and preparing them to return to the wild. Watch the video to see plenty of adorable baby elephant footage. (MSNBC)

4. To save African wildlife, shoot it. A growing number of people are starting to believe that a more effective way to save Africa’s wildlife would be to allow people to pay to go on hunting expeditions. This would put an “economic value” on wildlife, theoretically giving people more incentive to save a certain amount of wildlife. These activists obviously realize there would need to be strict hunting numbers put in place, but it’s an interesting theory (Christian Science Monitor)

5. Murdered New York geese meat will go to homeless. In case you don’t know, New York City occasionally murders excess geese. When this happened last year, there was not only public outcry at the city killing geese in the name of “airline safety” but that the geese meat was then dumped in a landfill. This year, the city will be using the meat to help stock local food pantries. So does that make this a wash? What do you guys think? (New York Times)

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One Comment leave one →
  1. June 23, 2011 12:44 am

    I wouldn’t eat that geese meat. Can’t technology do something about the goose problem without us killing innocent animals? This happens a lot in South Dakota in the name of preserving crops, etc., I have to completely disagree with it. Killing just isn’t the answer.

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