Wanker Of The Day

September 23rd, 2009at 01:14pm Posted by Eli

Chris Packham:

“Here’s a species that, of its own accord, has gone down an evolutionary cul-de-sac,” Packham told Radio Times magazine.

Packham believes that money spent on conserving the panda would be better invested in other animals as the species is not strong enough to survive alone.

“It’s not a strong species. Unfortunately it’s big and cute and it’s a symbol of the WWF (Worldwide Fund for Nature) — and we pour millions of pounds into panda conservation,” he added.

“I reckon we should pull the plug. Let them go, with a degree of dignity …”

(…)

Packham, who is president of Britain’s Bat Conservation Trust and vice-president of the Wildlife Trusts, also saw a grim outlook for endangered tigers.

“I don’t think tigers are going to last another 15 years,” he said. “How can you conserve an animal that is worth more dead than alive? You can’t.”

Um, isn’t the whole point of conservation to protect species that would otherwise go extinct?  And while it’s true that pandas are the anti-cockroach, they were doing just fine until humans destroyed their primary habitat, so they’re evidently not quite the abject evolutionary failures that Packham says they are (and most certainly not “of [their] own accord”).

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