Is There A Future for Big Cats and Other Vulnerable Species?

"Inaction breeds doubt and fear.  Action breeds confidence and courage."                                  ~ Dale Carnegie

As if it's not bad enough COVID is hammering the entire planet; today, I read that not one but THREE snow leopards died from complications of COVID. What? I couldn't believe it. Now this nastiness is crossing species? And to one of the most vulnerable to extinction of the big cats! I was devastated, and angry, and frustrated, and you name it.

And on top of that, I also read that we can pass it to our pets, with cats being more vulnerable than dogs. Where will it end? Is the human race heading in that same direction? We need to wise up and get with the program so we can fight this with everything we've got, by whatever means we can.


   


Granted, we're not where we were almost two years ago, but we aren't where we could be either. We're intelligent, innovative; we have technology we didn't have in the early twentieth century; we have the knowledge we didn't have then either. So what's the problem? Why are we not out of this nasty piece of business yet?

I could start pointing fingers and say it's the anti-vaxxers or the last administration for delaying production of a vaccine, or any number of excuses, but I'm won't. I don't know about you, but I'm over brandishing excuses about. I want action, and I want it now. Not just for us humans who are supposed to know better, but for the innocent species already in danger of going extinct in our lifetime. And now we're hastening that end. Why? Are we that selfish that it's always all about us? Why do we not consider other species? Are they not important enough? Do they not serve a purpose? What?

Come on, people. Until we figure that out, until we take action, we aren't long for this world any more than the critically endangered species we share our planet with. There's plenty of room for everyone — everything — to flourish. How about it? Let's hammer this virus back. It's about damn time if you ask me.

Stepping off my soapbox now.

Until next time . . .