Excerpt from The Sixth Extinction

From Richard Leakey and Roger Lewin:

“…There was no steady progression from simple to complex forms throughout Earth history. Simple forms of life arose early on, it’s true. But…that early simplicity continued in mind-numbing sameness for billions of years, with nothing more complex than singe-celled organisms for six sevenths of Earth history. When complexity eventually arose 530 million years ago, in the form of multicellular organisms, it did so explosively; within 5 million years (an instant in geologic time), evolutionary innovation produced a myriad of multicellular forms of life. Life’s flow is therefore not smooth, but extremely erratic.”

Text and Photo Copyright Jim Robertson

 

4 thoughts on “Excerpt from The Sixth Extinction

  1. It would be better for our health and the planet if all humans ate less meat or no meat. It is unsustainable: We are the cause of the on-going great anthropocene extinction era. Elk and deer do not need to be saved from wolves or other predators, they have millenniums of natural balance for mutual benefit. It is the blood sport killers (hunters and trappers) that are the additive problem. Humans kill 27 million animals daily for consumption, millions more yearly from hunting and”management” and this is not counting the sea life, 90 billion per year for consumption. Humans kill millions of sharks every year. Animal farming (aka ranching) is one of the most damaging activities to the earth and cruelest things we do to the planet, the environment (land, sea and air) and animals. It is also eating up wilderness and forest and jungles, polluting rivers and streams, polluting the air, down drawing stream levels. Man is crueler than any alien so far imagined or presented in alien movies. Man is working himself toward extinction by animal farming (aka ranching, extraction industries, development, encroachment on the wild, destruction of biodiversity) and is taking most everything else with him. We are 7 billion headed toward 10-12 billion by the middle to the end of the century. We may have the planet at a tipping point in global warming which also has disastrous effects on much land and sea animal life. We can make the transition with meatless meal choices and meatless days by market pressures for meatless offerings at restaurants, grocery stores, and our own entertainment eating. The wolves and other predators are healthy factors in the wilderness ecology. Game farming for sports killing is not. We have several major species on the brink and hunters and poachers and farmer/ranchers, extraction industries, development and encroachment are still going at the the destruction. What humans are doing is not healthy for us or the planet or the other animals. We instituted agencies like the EPA and ESA and international and national conservation organizations to protect us from ourselves and the by products of seeking monetary gain at all costs then we try to politically undermine and gut those agencies. We are a destructive species and cannot seem to help ourselves. The direction we are going is not sustainable. For the health of ourselves, the planet, other life, biodiversity, we need to change the way we eat, killing for sport (aka hunting and trapping), stop human sprawl, preserve habitat, and basically learn to live with wildlife and without killing animals for food via animal farming.

    References:
    https://exposingthebiggame.wordpress.com/2016/07/12/sign-of-the-times-washington-post-says-meat-is-horrible/

    https://exposingthebiggame.wordpress.com/2016/06/28/if-you-eat-meat-2/

    https://exposingthebiggame.wordpress.com/2016/06/17/5-reasons-we-cant-afford-to-ignore-the-issue-of-animal-rights-any-longer/

    http://wp.me/p2nX5S-38h wildlife extinction animal farming
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    https://exposingthebiggame.wordpress.com/2015/08/26/more-from-269-the-animal-rights-movement/

    https://exposingthebiggame.wordpress.com/2015/08/21/meat-is-for-pussies/

    http://news.sciencemag.org/environment/2015/08/meat-eaters-may-speed-worldwide-species-extinction-study-warns

    https://exposingthebiggame.wordpress.com/2015/07/22/have-a-change-of-heart/

    https://exposingthebiggame.wordpress.com/2015/07/21/patricia-randolphs-madravenspeak-game-farming-must-go-wolf-and-wildlife-conference-told/

    http://www.populationconnection.org/article/population-meat-consumption/

    https://exposingthebiggame.wordpress.com/2015/06/04/we-are-breeding-ourselves-to-extinction/

    https://exposingthebiggame.wordpress.com/2015/05/11/eco-groups-push-for-sustainable-diet-guidelines/

    https://exposingthebiggame.wordpress.com/2015/04/22/the-human-appetite-for-flesh/

    https://exposingthebiggame.wordpress.com/2015/04/14/the-beef-burden-how-cows-greatly-hurt-the-environment/

    https://exposingthebiggame.wordpress.com/2015/03/07/moral-and-esthetic-superiority/

    https://exposingthebiggame.wordpress.com/2015/02/28/how-many-wolves-died-for-your-hamburger-2/

    https://exposingthebiggame.wordpress.com/2015/02/24/go-vegan-or-die/
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/06/30/how-much-your-meat-addiction-is-hurting-the-planet/
    https://exposingthebiggame.wordpress.com/2015/02/20/dont-eat-any-animals-under-any-circumstances/

    https://howlingforjustice.wordpress.com/2015/02/08/patricia-randolphs-madravenspeak-can-we-save-the-animals-and-ourselves/

    http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0191886914http://spot.humanerresearch.org/content/why-do-right-wing-adherents-engage-more-animal-exploitation-and-meat-consumption

    https://exposingthebiggame.wordpress.com/2015/02/03/patricia-randolphs-madravenspeak-can-we-save-the-animals-and-ourselves/

    https://exposingthebiggame.wordpress.com/2015/01/31/the-sixth-great-extinction-is-underway-and-were-to-blame/
    https://exposingthebiggame.wordpress.com/2015/01/22/a-response-to-pro-wolf-article-by-chris-albert/

    http://billingsgazette.com/news/opinion/guest/guest-opinion-wild-horses-urban-deer-roaming-bison-and-dead/article_6c078385-b07b-5219-9e84-53fc18d1a9d5.html#.VKAUS92h4Cs.email

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    http://www.animalliberationfront.com › … › Factory Farms › Farming – Index

    “According to NASS reports and expert interviews, 8,792,000,000 “broiler” chickens and 492,700,000 “layer” hens were killed for food in 2000, as well as 304,000,000 turkeys and 26,100,000 ducks, for a total of 9,551,000,000 birds, and is expected to continue to rise.
    Among mammals 41,700,000 cows and calves were killed for food in 2000, as well as 115,200,000 pigs and 4,300,000 sheep, for a total of 161,200,000. These stats are also expected to continue to rise.Thus, the total number of all animals killed for food in 2000 was 9.7 billion.
    In more personal terms, the average American meat-eating man, woman, and child subsidize the abuse and slaughter of over 37 animals per year. It’s much more if they eat sea dwelling animals). That’s 2,800 animals in a 75-year lifetime. This number includes 2,630 chickens and ducks, 123 turkeys, 32 pigs, 13 cows and calves, and 2 sheep. None of these figures include fish, lobster, crab, or other aquatic animals.”

    10,153 million (nearly 10.2 billion) land animals were raised andkilled for food in the United States in 2010, according to data extrapolated from U.S.farmusa.org/statistics11.html Farm Animal Rights Movement
    The Animal Kill Counter << ADAPTT :: Animals Deserve …
    http://www.adaptt.org/killcounter.html

    http://guardianshorts.co.uk/planetcarnivore/#sthash.oURzZciG.dpuf

    https://exposingthebiggame.wordpress.com/2014/11/25/more-pro-hunt-drivel-locavore-movement-takes-to-deer-hunting-across-us/

    https://exposingthebiggame.wordpress.com/2014/09/09/from-a-small-portion-of-the-human-race/

    https://exposingthebiggame.wordpress.com/2014/09/06/how-its-possible-to-love-and-eat-animals/

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    https://exposingthebiggame.wordpress.com/2014/08/24/humane-meat-legitimizes-factory-farming/
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    http://thoughtsfromthewildside.blogspot.com/2014/03/killing-wolves-hunter-led-war-against.html?m=1

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    http://www.greatfallstribune.com/story/news/local/2014/07/10/montana-sets-wolf-hunting-trapping-season/12482565/

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    http://www.care2.com/causes/were-eating-pangolins-off-the-face-of-the-earth.htm

    http://missoulian.com/news/opinion/columnists/george-ochenski-agencies-rushed-to-judgment-on-protections-for-grayling/article_

    Books References:

    Among Wolves by Gordon Haber and Marybeth Holleman

    In The Temple of Wolves by Rick Lamplugh

    The Wolf Almanac by Robert Busch

    The Hidden Life of Wolves by Jamie and Jim Dutcher

    Exposing the Big Game by Jim Robertson

    Romeo: The Story of an Alaskan Wolf by John Hyde

    The Lives of Red Wolves by T. Delene Beeland

    The Carnivore Way by Christina

    Humans kill 27 million land animals daily for consumption, millions more yearly from hunting and"management" and this is not counting the sea life. Humans kill a million sharks every year. Animal farming is one of the most damaging, not to mention cruelest things we do in harming the planet, the environment (land, sea and air); it is also eating up wilderness and forest and jungles. Man is crueler than any alien so far imagined or presented in alien movies. Man is working himself toward extinction by meat and most everything else with him. We may have the planet at a tipping point in global warming which also has disastrous effects on much land and sea animal life. We have several major species on the brink and trophy hunters and poachers and farmer/ranchers are still going at the slaughter. What humans are doing is not healthy for us or the planet or the other anima

  2. Very well done comment Roger of Jims great informative blogs, here is a great article validating these same outrageous violent and destructive human behavior’s and depressing concerns that we can’t get people to care, but, we have to somehow stop all this insanity, the animals are innocent and loving beings, and are being tortured by monsters http://www.huffingtonpost.com/paul-watson/the-laws-of-ecology-and-t_b_11324490.html I am so happy to see this on Huffington Post, is there hope?

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