The Chinese giant salamander is a delicacy and under threat of extinction. Image: J. Patrick Fischer [CC BY-SA 3.0], from Wikimedia Commons
We are eating large animals to extinction - life short science news

Scientists report that 143 species of large animals are decreasing in number, and 171 are under threat of extinction.

The major cause of the decline of large animals appears consumption by humans. Together with habitat destruction and increased risk for accidents (like getting caught in a net or trap), especially large animals are under threat.

Preserving the large fauna might be difficult to achieve, due to economic and cultural objections.

Read the full story: Oregon State University
Scientific publication: Conservation Letters


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