What If?

Throughout the speaker’s presentation on saving the wild Taimen, I could not help but wonder what would have happened if his efforts were unsuccessful in the end. It was truly amazing that he and his colleagues were able to save those beautiful fish, however how often does that happen? How often can a species be saved? Was this just one happy story of many, or was it one of the only happy stories? The speaker made the very clear point that as long as there are people who are passionate about saving these animals, they can be saved; even common people like you and I can do it. But I could not help feeling that his story of saving the Taimen was a bit of an exceptional case. A large reason why the Taimen were saved was because the community banded together and decided that the catch and release fishing industry of Taimen was lucrative enough to ban Taimen hunting. But what if the community decided that the industry was not lucrative enough? What if people began paying thousands of thousands of thousands of dollars for these fish?

What would happen is that the Taimen would be very close to the brink of extinction once again, and we see this as a recurring theme throughout the world. Animals are poached for thousands of dollars, and instead of making an industry help save the animals, often times the industry is the selling the animals due to the fact that they bring in a lot of money. The speaker made the point that it was so very crucial that the community pick up the job and idea of saving these animals, however personally I feel that most communities do not care enough about the animals to save them due to the fact that if an animal goes extinct, it is not directly impacting us as humans. If there is a connection to money, as seen in the Taimen case, then people will act, but if not, then sadly I do not think that many of them would do anything to try and save endangered species.

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