Actions, Reactions, and Far Reaching Effects Part 2

Let’s talk about pangolins.  I’m sure that there is nothing else that you would rather talk about right now.  In fact, I’d be willing to bet that your appreciation of this awesome little species id what brought you to this blog.  If it isn’t, and you’ve just stumbled across it, you should keep on reading.  If it’s right where you want to be, you should also keep on reading.  This is the second in a three part series that focuses on human consumption and the far reaching effects of it.  In the first part of the series, I wrote about the mindsets that surround over consumption, in this post I will tell you about a species that is rapidly disappearing due to said consumption, and in the third and final part, I will attempt to motivate you towards being more self-aware of how your desires for consumption (don’t lie, we all have them), end up having far-reaching and often unintended effects.

So anyways, back to the pangolin.  Pangolins are pretty cool little creatures.  They are part of the same family as their larger cousin the anteater, and much of their life is spent in the same fashion as the anteater.  They almost exclusively eat insects, and they live on a few different continents.  If you’d like to learn more about pangolin’s as a whole, check out this awesome website, that my classmates put together:

Sadly, extinction is right around the corner for these guys, but they are not unique in the sense that they did nothing to bring this struggle upon themselves.  There are species all over the world that face similar problems.  Every continent and every country have a few.  I am not the type of person that can be described as a bleeding heart, but I don’t think that species like the pangolin have done anything to invite extinction.