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User avatar #2 - nimba (01/21/2014) [-]
Not to sound like a dick, but is it really that sad a thing that there are many fewer big old predators roaming around out there? They're pretty and all but I could gladly hike all my life and never have to meet one.
User avatar #143 to #2 - ydosac (01/22/2014) [-]
Much rather see a Tiger in the wild than a human...
User avatar #151 to #143 - nimba (01/22/2014) [-]
No you wouldn't
User avatar #138 to #2 - nimba (01/22/2014) [-]
>ask a question
>get thumbed down to ****
cool
#144 to #138 - whargarbler ONLINE (01/22/2014) [-]
That's because the idea of removing a vital piece of the ecosystem just because you're scared of big carnivores is a retarded idea.
User avatar #150 to #144 - nimba (01/22/2014) [-]
I'm not proposing a global cull, I simply wouldn't mind if they weren't there. My own interaction with tigers is severely limited and I can't help but think that their vitality ignoring the fact that ecosystems are never stable and constant to the ecosystem is limited; perhaps other predators would occupy their specific niche should they become extinct. I'm only playing devil's advocate here, I think big cats are adorable.
User avatar #115 to #2 - monkeysniper (01/22/2014) [-]
Humans are the single most deadly creatures to have ever breathed on Earth. Like with plenty of animal species we can kill off an entire species in a very short time just because we ******* feel like it. Tigers and many other creatures have a niche and a place in nature, humans really don't. Speaking for the rest of animal life, they'd be better off if we ceased to exist...mostly, technically the pigeons and seagulls have actually done better.
User avatar #88 to #2 - dasbrot (01/22/2014) [-]
If humans wiped out 97% of tiger's wild population for fur and poaching, then who's the real predator?
#65 to #2 - deckbox (01/22/2014) [-]
in china, they did a project to remove what was thought to be 4 common 'pests' and it completely decimated the ecology and food chain, since birds needed these bugs and things needed to eat the birds.

in the UK we are having to resort to mass culling of Deer and Badgers because we have NO natural predators left in here, we hunted wolves to extinction and there are possibly 7 big cats left in the entire country. mass use of pesticides have made the Hedgehog population shrink by some 85 % over 50 years coz there is no where to live and nothing to eat. In fact, UK wildlife is in almost terminal decline. things need predators, and the things predators live on need the food too, its a brutal domino effect.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Four_Pests_Campaign china
User avatar #7 to #2 - stifflimb (01/21/2014) [-]
True but a planet only existing of humans would be a pretty sad sight, and most animals have an important role in the eco system, we keep removing some species and things can go wrong and give us some real butthurt.
User avatar #137 to #7 - sonnyboii (01/22/2014) [-]
We should get to trade people for animals
User avatar #123 to #7 - twdeathnote (01/22/2014) [-]
I think I would much prefer Earth if humans didn't exist and animals were the rulers. It's mostly because I find humans to be self destructive monsters. Myself included.
User avatar #146 to #123 - stifflimb (01/22/2014) [-]
Well ofc we are, but still if humans would not exist another race would just take our place and most likely do the same mistakes we are doing, se we better just learn from our mistakes and keep on progressing and evolve.
User avatar #8 to #7 - nimba (01/21/2014) [-]
meh. Kill tigers, take their prey for ourselves
#93 to #8 - anonymous (01/22/2014) [-]
That's pretty retarded.
User avatar #11 to #8 - stifflimb (01/21/2014) [-]
Perhaps, rat burger might become a thing.
User avatar #4 to #2 - sanjix (01/21/2014) [-]
i get where you're coming from, i would never want to risk encountering a wild animal that could literally bitch slap me to death. but that doesn't mean we should get rid of them. humans are so far up on the food chain, that the fact that there are poachers in this world using dirty low down tactics to trick torture and kill animals for nothing more than their pelt, is just ********** , and we should do everything we can to help them.
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