Barnes 1 Dane Barnes Buehler AP Seminar 12/9/18 “Should there be an increase in government funding to aid animal conservation efforts in America” Ecosystems harness a multitude of species, every animal contributing to the sensitive balance of its wellbeing. If even just one species is pushed off balance the whole ecosystem can come crumbling down. With this there lies a responsibility of the people to help uphold the balance of these ecosystems, especially the ones being harmed. Problems like global warming for example are changing migratory patterns in a variety of animals; along with this other problems like pollution and deforestation are completely wiping out habitats, and to top this off animals are being poisoned by chemicals as well. All of this contributes to the overall declination of certain animal populations, creating a reason for why there should be an increase in government funding to aid animal conservation in America. Climate change is not going away anytime soon and the number of species being affected by it are growing. Take bats as an example of climate change negatively affecting animals in America. According to Kyree Leary, climate change has shifted the migratory patterns of bats earlier into the year (16). Kyree claims this “change” (35) in their patterns will likely cause a problem with their ability to reproduce; thus, the bats population will decline. This not only puts the bats in danger, but it also will cause problems with natural pest control (29) because bats prey on insects like mosquitoes, because of this farmers will need to use more pesticides in order to protect their crops in the future. The pesticides cost money to use as well, this will cause produce to cost more in store because it costs more to grow.
Barnes 2 Farmers will be spending more, consumers will be spending more, why not nip the problem in the bud and increase the funding for animal conservation in America and save an increased amount of species and save the country money in the long run.