It’s a lonely cause to advocate, to be sure.
Congratulations on your new panda cub, Washington! You’re prolonging the existence of a hopeless and wasteful species the world should’ve given up on long ago.
I understand the impulse. Some people find them cute. Pandas don’t have much of a habitat left in the wild, thanks to heedless human development. And zoos imagine they’re doing the right thing, pulling in some extra visitors while helping conservation efforts.
But the first test of a species’ worthiness for conservation should be some instinct for self-preservation. And pandas fail objectively.
And yet I’ve seen this call before. As I’ve asked in the past: can we really say that pandas WANT to live? I’m not convinced that they do.
PS: For the record: my wife feels that I am anthropomorphizing like all get-out, here. Which is… fair.