Some people think that human needs for farmland, housing, and industry are more important
than saving land for endangered animals. Do you agree or disagree with this point of view? Why
or why not? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.
In the past, there have been many endangered animals. Now they are extinct. Does it matter? Has
our environment been affected by their absence? Has the quality of our own life been changed?
The answer to these questions is “Yes.”
It does matter if we destroy an endangered species habitat to develop more farmland, housing or
industrial parks. There is a delicate balance of nature. If one small part is removed, it will affect all
the other parts. For example, if certain trees are cut down, bats will have no place to roost. If they
cannot roost, they cannot breed. If there are no bats, there will be no animal, or bird to eat certain
insects that plague our crops.
Our environment has been affected by the absence of certain animals. Certain flowers are
pollinated by butterflies which migrate from Canada to Mexico. Some of the breeding grounds of
these butterflies were destroyed. Now these flowers are disappearing from certain areas. We will
no longer be able to enjoy their beauty.
The quality of our life has been changed. America used to be covered with giant trees. Now we
have to visit them in one small park. Rainforests around the world are being cut down to make
room for humans. We will never be able to see or study this fragile ecosystem.
I would encourage us humans to look for other alternatives for our farmlands, housing, and
industries. We have alternatives; the animals do not.