Saturday, September 26, 2009


It’s easy to see why people love pandas. In fact, it’s all about appearances. They look adorable. Never mind that pandas can be quite vicious.

Before I proceed, I want to point out I really favor conservation. I think it’s a severe loss whenever the planet loses a species, not only from an ecological perspective, but also for the loss of a several millions of years evolutionary development – which we as humans can steal and use for ourselves. It’s really a loss for humanity when we wipe out the genetic record of a species.

That being said, I concur with one Chris Packham’s call to put the panda out of its misery. I think samples should be preserved for later study, and that we should redirect the millions of dollars spent on their protection and breeding to other, more hearty species.

It’s not that I don’t like the panda. I think there is something to be learned from panda anatomy and physiology, but why not direct our resources towards immortalizing the panda through exhaustive research? There’s just no future for a bear that eats wood.


  1. Bamboo is actually a type of grass. People eat bamboo. Should we put people out of there misery as well?
    Maybe if we could just back away from the pandas and realize that they need land too. They might survive all by them selves. We should learn to limit our own numbers. Humans are driving these animal to extinction we spread across the planet taking over all the land and resources destroying natural habitats in the process. It's our fault.

  2. Yes, it is our fault, and unless you have some people in mind to kill so we can make some room for them... I don't foresee a future for them.

    People probably should be put out of their misery, but it's really something best left as a DIY job.


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