The animals we have now are midgets compared to animals in the past. There used to be giant versions of nearly every animal – from tigers to beavers, mammoths to bears, deer to sloths. They have all gone.
The megafauna have not become extinct due to natural causes. They were systematically hunted to death by man.
I was listening to a radio programme last week in which a palaeontologist was commenting that there was little fossil evidence for the arrival of man into the area. The first indications were the complete disappearance of all the megafauna.
We’ve already been responsible for the mass extinction of many of the world’s most incredible beasts. We are now busily working our way through what is left.
Unless governments act in unison and enforce the laws we will completely destroy the whole environment.
Is that the sort of world we want to live in?