July 1, 2009

Earth may be headed for sixth mass extinction

Using risk factors and computer modeling to predict the rates at which mammals will become extinct, Dr. Ana Davidson of the University of New Mexico, USA and other animal conservationists state that a quarter of all mammals are now at risk of vanishing permanently.

With 83% of the Earth’s land surface now impacted by humans, the species included for consideration were drawn from a list of over 1,100 endangered mammals, compiled by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUC N).

Factors considered in the extinction risk calculations included climate change, deforestation, and illegal poaching. While it saddens our hearts for the loss of precious beings, we offer our gratitude, Dr. Davidson and associates, for these insights to help us further protect

our precious co-inhabitants. Blessed be endeavors such as yours to safeguard all beings in the ecosphere.
In a March 2009 climate change videoconference in Mexico, Supreme Master Ching Hai conveyed once more her care for Earth’s inhabitants, including a reminder of the irreplaceable enrichment provided by animals on our planet.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: Just return to compassion and respect for all the life. That is the principle we must uphold to ensure that the animals do not disappear, because, that would be tragic for us humans, too.
Imagine our planet without animals at all. All the dogs gone, cats gone, birds gone, fish gone, buffalos gone, elephants gone; imagine, none of the animals survive, how would we live?

If all humanity lives with the animal-free diet, and lives in respect to nature and other life, then we will have a Heaven on Earth.

Reference
http://www.voanews.com/english/2009-06-18-voa20.cfm,
http://biology.unm.edu/jhbrown/LabMembers.html

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