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WILD ANIMALS IN THE HOUSE: A PRACTICE THAT ATTACKS BIODIVERSITY

It seems obvious that wild species should not be housed at home as if they were pets; not only because of the difficulty of adaptation that they have when they are taken out of their natural environment, but also because of what it means as an attack on the biodiversity of the planet; biodiversity is what ensures all the scaffolding on which the human being is mounted as the queen species of the planet: economy, food, health, culture.

The two following photographs were taken from a Google portal dedicated to photos of macaws. Two very illustrative photos of what it means to have a wild aimal as a pet and, more in this case, when the macaw is a species in extinction.

 

                                                                                   

Photos taken from the Google portal: Images of macaws

 

Photo 1, although it is curious, if you want funny, and perhaps attracts the estimation of many people who may feel touched by the fervor of someone who loves their pet, it is still a call to rethink the role of being human in front of animals. If we could know what the photographed macaw thinks, it would be very instructive about her captive condition; Maybe he told us that he is not a person, so the sleeper of the photo is of another opinion.

 

Photo 2 is another thing. It hurts the sensibility of the reader, both for what it shows and for what it does not hide, and what can be glimpsed in the scenery: the dead parrot has been thrown next to a wastebasket because it did not fit inside it. We assume that afterwards, trash and olive oil, will be taken to the street for the garbage cart to pick them up. That is to say that this beautiful animal ended up sharing the same fate as the leftovers of food or toilet paper. Photo 1 at least has some humanity, perhaps in excessive doses, which is also bad for the animal.

 

 Leaving aside the obviousness mentioned at the beginning, let's return to the underlying theme: climate change and its intellectual author, the human being, are the great threat against the biodiversity of the planet. To the extent that industrialization and the unbridled consumption of human society are triggered, pollution will increase and, as a result, the earth's temperature will rise, generating disastrous effects.

 

One out of every six species will disappear, according to recent studies on the subject, especially the one made by the research biologist Mark Urban of the University of Connecticut, and which was cited by SCIENCE magazine in its April 30, 2015 edition. Urban gave other information: the disaster is not even for everyone. Bite down, South America for having a large component of endemic species that are more difficult to adapt to changes in the environment, is the region of the world where this risk is higher: 23%; followed by Australia and New Zealand with 14%; then there are Europe, 6% and North America, 5%.

 

This bleak panorama can be modified if governments and supranational entities take an active role in defending the planet, imposing measures that limit greenhouse gas emissions, and adopting conservation plans to save threatened species.

 

The time has passed to be passive in the face of all this threat, we must understand that society has raised its level of demand with respect to the responsibility with which each one of us must act: the planet is ending as the habitat of all of us, and this does not give wait. Let's start by doing things of common sense, one of them, for example, not to adopt as pets to wild or exotic animals, this practice triggers the traffic of species and is contributing to its extinction: the money that is paid for a monkey of the Putumayo or a turkey, helps clear a forest. An example: to trap the monkeys, you have to cut the trees where they are protected. A horrible practice that a few months ago showed us the program Los Informantes of the Caracol TV channel. Any person who believes worthy to be called PERSON, that is to say that among its many attributes, has the ability to recognize animals as companions of abode on this planet, should have felt affronted.

 

The message is clear: we should never buy exotic animals and then have them imprisoned in our homes; let's not help the illegal market of the traffic of species, both animals and vegetables; let's not be accomplices of the destruction of the habitat of animals and plants. We need each other to survive.