Narrow aesthetic interpretations impacting conservation efforts. Why should people love butterflies more than beetles? Why prioritize ‘cute’ mammals over the vastly more important but abstract notion of biodiversity of insects and worms and other arthropods?


In a country I used to live in, there was a very passionate conservation group for trying to preserve wild horses which were a human-introduced species and massively destroying habitats. I’m not seeing much business motivation so I assume it’s just ‘we need to protect the cute animal’ despite it (unintentionally) killing many more cute and threatened animals.

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