Thursday, June 9, 2011

Ecologists: time to end invasive species persecution

who ought be greeted with government crackdowns rather than open arms.

They’re immigrants — immigrant species, that is. And some ecologists say it’s time to declare amnesty, demilitarize our environmental borders and accept the inevitable reality of non-native invasion.

“People like to have an enemy, and vilifying non-native species makes the world very simple. The public got sold this nativist paradigm: Native species are the good ones, and non-native species are bad. It’s a 20th century concept, like wilderness, that doesn’t make sense in the 21st century.”
- Mark Davis - ecologist - Macalester University

(this article seemed strange to me, almost like the the species they spoke of were a metaphor for humans
I almost wonder if the entire post was simply a shot at easing integration)

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