Belfast Telegraph

Friday 19 September 2014

Editor's Viewpoint: Humanity challenged

Mankind is the world’s most dangerous predator. Decimation of tropical forests, illegal trading in wildlife and commercial bush-meat hunting are threatening the very existence of half of all primate species.

These are the animal kingdom’s closest links to man, so the irony of their destruction should not be lost on us.

The question now is if, having brought these species to the brink of extinction, the human race can show it has a caring side to go with its destructive instincts. It may already be too late for some species and our only record of their existence will be old David Attenborough films. Is that really the legacy we want to leave our grandchildren?

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