Monday, March 26, 2007

Why the bison nearly became extinct?

Simply put: because no one owned them. And now, it is free markets that are saving them.

Time magazine:
"Sometimes you have to eat an animal to save it. That paradox may disturb vegetarians, but consider the bison: 500 years ago, perhaps 30 million of these enormous mammals inhabited North America. By the late 1800s, several forces - natural climate changes and Buffalo Bill-style mass killings among them - had slashed the bison population to something like 1000. And yet today North America is home to roughly 450 000 bison, a species recovery that has a lot to do with Amermicans having developed an appetite for them."

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Totta puhuen biisonit säilyivät konservationistien toimesta ennen kuin niitä alettiin syödä. Se, että niitä on nykyään 450 000 ei ole suojelunäkökulmasta mitenkään välttämätöntä/mitoitettua vaan palvelee juurikin lihantuotannon etuja.

- Ilmari

April 17, 2007 1:34 AM  

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