Good point

Far from prosperity being the problem, it is the answer. It weans people off habitat-destroying dependence on burning wood, and it leads to reforestation, the creation of nature reserves and the return of wildlife. Why are wolves increasing, lions decreasing and tigers now holding their own? Because wolves live in rich countries, lions in poor countries and tigers in middle-income countries.

No doubt the Senior Lecturer will come by to prove causality to us – lions make a place poor, wolves rich.

14 thoughts on “Good point”

  1. The Meissen Bison

    I think it’s more likely because the Lions keep their money in tax havens (Crédit Lyonnais, Grand Cayman)

  2. On behalf of Dreghorn/Edinburgh Castle/Redford chap(ess) (PerSec):

    Rolling Thunder for Soldier “F”

    Rolling Thunder, 12 April – Huge thanks to Morrisons EH10 Store Manager for allowing South Edinburgh pre-rally meet-up in car-park. Expected ~140 bikes, ~400 turned up. Thanks to all involved.

    Next event 7 June 2019 – Soldier “B” too.

    1,000 Bikes? 56N

  3. You only have to look at the respect for nature in socialist countries…. The polluting factories… The random chunks of concrete you still see at Budapest Airport

  4. Prosperity is a problem. Polly porn is not as lucrative as Adriana porn even though Polly is still going after 30 years. The donkey has gone through the generations however

  5. Prosperity is the problem, but only in the sense that it has allowed the working classes to compete with the middle classes for that slice of the cake the middle classes thought was theirs forever – good housing in nice areas, for example.

    The ‘Progressive’ middle-classes want to wind the clock back to when their inferiors knew their place, and that place wasn’t right next door but down by the docks somewhere, or the other side of the river next to that Industrial Estate.

    Unfortunately they realise deep down that this might make them look like selfish, unpleasant reactionaries, so they have rationalised the whole ‘consumption kills the planet’ wheeze to make themselves feel better and cover up their base motives. Rest assured their own consumption will stay at suitably ‘lethal’ levels.

  6. Once we passed the hunter-gatherer stage all wildlife was a cost to humanity. The richer a society becomes the better it can bear those costs.

  7. Rob calls it right except I think it has a much stronger Global elite top-down component.

    The wannabe elite regard the Middle class as oiks also. But they are useful idiots. Once impoverishment has dealt with the bottom end of society and the useful idiots have outlived their usefulness the creeping impoverishment will get them in turn.

    The Elite don’t share and reward only until they have the power to punish.

  8. ‘At the same time that Kenya prohibited hunting, the Kenya Rangeland Ecological Monitoring Unit began recording the numbers and distribution of livestock and wildlife, primarily large game species, throughout Kenya. This included national parks and other protected areas, black communal lands, and private property, mostly white-owned ranches. So has banning all consumptive use of wildlife worked? Absolutely not, instead it has been a spectacular failure. Since 1977, Kenya has lost 60% to 70% of all its large wildlife even in national parks. Moreover, it is predicted that most large mammals will be extinct in the next 10 to 20 years. So there you have it, if you want to eliminate wildlife, by all means ban hunting!’

  9. We’ve had mountain lions in our neighborhood a couple of times. They apparently come looking for the audacious deer, who think nothing of hanging out in the yard munching on the garden while I drink a cup of a coffee on the patio. Soon they’ll be bumming a cup. The lions might also be in search of small dogs.

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