Protecting Endangered Animals

By: Elizabeth Wu

Introduction

Ecosystems that once held many different species have now become unnatural, human-made environments. Since 1950, the number of species has been decreasing faster than ever before. Much of the damage is because of the increase of population (Dalgleish 9). There are two main ways that humans can damage habitats; habitat fragmentation and habitat degradation. Habitat fragmentation is when people clear away area of wilderness and habitat degradation is when people upset the natural balance of a habitat and make it harder for the animals to live (Hoare & Jackson 34). Almost all species have an important part in maintaining the health and well being of their own ecosystem which indirectly affects humans and the way we live. The rate of species becoming extinct or endangered have greatly increased because of harmful human activities (Hoare & Jackson 27). Sometimes habitats are damaged so much because of human activities, that species can no longer survive in them ("Endangered Species").

Claim

Protecting endangered animals is important because they have a large impact on our ecosystem, and they benefit out health and future.

Concession 1

Some people say we should let some species die out because they are dying for a reason. They argue that if animals cannot survive by themselves in their world, then there is no reason to help keep them alive ("Endangered Species").

Concession 2

Others say, that trying to save endangered animals is a waste of money and time because the money could go to a better cause. For example, people have been trying to save pandas for a very long time, but the cost is getting too much to handle and not much is coming out of it ("Should We Give Up Trying to Save the Panda?").

This video shows how animals and humans are connected to each other

WWF We are all connected

FIRST REBUTTAL PARAGRAPH

We should protect our endangered animals because they have a huge impact on our world. Once they are gone, they are gone forever. The effects of losing an endangered species can be devastating to the entire ecosystem (Dalgleish 13). When you pull a little piece of string off of your blanket, it will unravel, just like one animal disappearing from an ecosystem will damage it. If an animal becomes extinct, it will affect the food chain and many other animals. Everything in our world is connected and if one thing changes, everything is affected by it (Dalgleish 28). Ecosystems where animals live provide us with clean water, fresh air, fertile soil, food, medicine, energy, and much more ("Endangered Species"). Animals influence the way we live and our everyday lives. If we hurt them, it is all going to come back around and end up hurting us.

this shows how humans and animals share everything and that we need to be careful with our resources

WWF Wildlife Fund - Protect Endangered Animals!

SECOND REBUTTAL PARAGRAPH

Endangered animals benefit our health and future and it is important to protect them. When species become extinct, so do the chances for more discovery and advancement in the future. Scientists study different animals everyday and uncover many new and interesting facts. When studying animals, scientists can help find cures to illnesses and many other discoveries that can help us. Animals like bees, bats, and hummingbirds help us by transporting pollen from one plant to another. Almost one third of the world's crops depend on those animals' natural pollination; imagine what would happen without them. By bees and other animals polluting plants, they save farmers up to billions of dollars each year ("Why protect biodiversity and save endangered species"). Our future depends on animals, so we need to protect them instead of destroying them.

CALL TO ACTION

In conclusion, we have to help protect our endangered animals because our lives would be a lot different without them. Our ecosystem would be different, as well as our health and future. Some people are trying to help save the endangered species before it gets to late by replanting trees and creating new habitats. Many of the chemicals and other everyday items that we throw away are not biodegradable and end up hurting animals (Dalgleish 13). There are many different organizations trying to help save endangered species like the World Wildlife Fund, Agenda 21, and the International Trade in Endangered Species. One way that people are trying to save endangered animals is by protecting them in national reserves and parks because they can live in peace (Dalgleish 29). In order to help save endangered species, we need to stop destroying and damaging their habitats. We need to also try to stop polluting because all ends up hurting the animals and us.

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