India Needs More Parks And Corridors For Long-Term Survival Of Its Animals

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In a new study, an international team of scientists has determined that the long-term survival of many large species in the midst of rapid economic growth in India will require improving existing protected areas and establishing new protected areas and corridors.The study, carried out by researchers at the Wildlife Conservation Society, Duke University, and other groups, found that country’s protected area system and human cultural tolerance for some species are key to conserving the subcontinent’s tigers, elephants, and other large mammals.

The researchers created models to estimate extinction probability for 25 large mammal species, determining current species distributions along with more than 30,000 historical records from natural history, taxidermy and museum records dating back 200 years.The models were used to gauge how factors such as protected areas, forest cover, elevation, and human demographics, and cultural attitudes impact extinction predictions.The results of the analysis found that all 25 species would experience some level of local extinction due to a variety of factors such as habitat loss and human population growth and development.
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Do Fish Have Feelings Too ??

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To many, the notion that we should care about the suffering of fish seems absurd.For most, fish amount to little more than swimming protein, a healthy food to be plucked from rivers and seas.But, as a disturbing new book shows, scientists are now confident that fish, once symbolic of dumb, primitive stupidity, do not only feel pain, but have a complex emotional life, too.Indeed, as the book’s author says, there is ‘no logical reason why we should not extend to fish the same welfare considerations that we currently extend to birds and mammals’.

Do Fish Feel Pain? was written not by a militant vegan, but by a dispassionate marine biologist – who eats fish.But Victoria Braithwaite’s conclusion is particularly surprising, because we are not used to thinking about fish as sentient at all.Their expressionless ‘faces’, their lack of limbs and their alien aquatic environment make it ambiguous whether fish should be regarded on the same level as birds, reptiles and mammals, or lumped in with the worms, insects and lobsters.
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