Because of the excessive demands by society, there is presently an economic recession that has affected many countries around the world. Although, people from all levels of society feel the repercussions, the ones that suffer the most are the animals. Ironically, it is many animals that help keep the economy growing. Without animals the ecosystem would fail, crops would fail, and eventually all living species would cease to exist, including humans.
• Protecting endangered species helps protect animals, humans, and the environment, and aids in economic growth.
• Crops such as apples, berries, cantaloupes, cucumbers, alfalfa and almonds are all pollinated by bees. Fewer bees means an impact on the economy. Keeping bee populations safe is critical in keeping our agriculture sector healthy.
An area that is often overlooked when discussing the world economy is the effect it has on the animals on the endangered species list. The interest in saving endangered species needs to go beyond nature lovers, and has to become an important issue with companies and economists. The natural world is key to economic growth. According the the United Nations Environment Programme “Boosting biodiversity can boast the global economy.” Biodiversity decline is predominately caused by economic activities, such as over hunting and fishing, and industrialized farming, to name a few. Although this juxtaposition is fundamentally flawed, the policy debate all too often tends to pit “economic” interests against “environmental” interests, when in reality, the environment is fundamental to economic growth. In the ecosystem all species play a role, and the removal of even one species can cause negative effects for the whole ecosystem, including humans. In fact, a degradation of the environment at the worst extreme would mean that humans would no longer exist to worry about economic development.
Saving endangered species, is not only in the best interest of the animals themselves, but economically a lot of money can be lost from not keeping them alive. These animals are all part of the natural food chain, and if we loose predators, there will be an overabundance of prey. Some of the animals will over multiply because they are no longer prey to larger animals, which in turn destroys the natural biodiversity, and as a result land, and crops can be destroyed.
Another area where animals help the economy is through being observed by nature lovers. People spend billions of dollars each year just on observing and photographing wildlife. This does not include the money spent on food, lodging, and transportation, or on guides and fees to access public and private parks. There is also the investment in bird food, binoculars, spotting scopes, camera equipment, backpacking equipment, and on nature magazines and guidebooks. Also, this passion and fascination for simply watching nature generates millions of jobs.
Unfortunately, animal companions, also suffer when the economic state is on the decline. As a result of economic setbacks many animals who were peoples’ companions are being left in foreclosed houses to die of starvation. Animal shelters are overwhelmed with those whose guardians have been forced to downsize and can no longer afford to keep them. Some of these animals who are dropped off are often ill because of poor nutrition and lack of veterinary care. Even horses are being abandoned by the side of the road. Wherever animals are already in abusive, or exploitative situations, it is will only get worse. Individuals and companies are cutting back to the essentials for themselves, by trying to save on food costs, and shelter. They do not seem to take into account, or care about the animals who depend on them.
It is only when humans learn to stop being environmentally destructive, and have a respect for the environment and all the species that live within that environment, will this economic decline turn around. As long as consumers demand more than they need, and corporations remain solely concerned with profit the state of this world can only get worse.