How many times have we heard about an endangered species, felt sad for a while after hearing about it, and then forget all about it? Take the Siberian tiger, for example, which we all saw during Collins’ presentation. Some of us may have thought that it was cute, or that it was cool or majestic–and because of that we became momentarily concerned about SIberian tigers because they are endangered. But how many of us walked away from the presentation thinking of how we could help these endangered animals?
Collins told us the story about the taimin in the Onon river, and how people were hunting them just for fun–to boast to their peers about their wealth and/or power. This occurred so often that they were hurting the environment there, killing off a species of fish not even for food but for pleasure. However, Collins described that as people took notice of the situation, the policy of catching fish and releasing them back into the river became more enforced, which is helping the taimin population to recover. I believe that without a large percentage of the community or population being concerned about the endangered species around them, no change would have occurred. Therefore, I think that if we implement this within more societies–a widespread awareness of and desire to help endangered species with a clear-cut method of helping instead of just feeling concern without any tangible way of solving the problem–helping preserve endangered species would be a more major and tangible (though perhaps not necessarily easier) task.
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