Topic 41

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.



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