Extinct (adj): No longer existing or living: an extinct species.
Most people take this word to mean that an animal has been completely wiped off the face of the Earth. Like a Dodo, or a Thylacine. It’s a very sad event when that happens. Nobody can ever again see one of those creatures again, they are just memories.
That’s why environmental activists love to throw the super-emotive word “extinct” around whenever possible, even when it doesn’t mean what you think.
The grey nurse shark on Australia’s east coast was in danger of extinction because the federal and state governments were stalling on the issue, the Australian Democrats said today.
If you stopped reading there, then you could be forgiven for thinking that they mean Grey Nurses are actually in danger of becoming extinct. Not the case at all. All they mean is that there might not be any Grey Nurses left on the east coast of Australia.
“NSW fisheries scientists have estimated the east coast grey nurse population could be extinct in six years but still our waters are poorly protected despite long-winded public consultation and planning.
With less than 400 remaining on the east coast, this is a species of which we cannot afford to lose any more individuals.”
Of course, Grey Nurses are found in heaps of places other than the East Coast of Australia. In fact, like most sharks, they are bloody everywhere:
The family Odontaspidae is recorded throughout the world oceans. Grey Nurse Sharks are found in tropical and temperate waters in the Atlantic, Indian and western Pacific Oceans, although the species is known by different common names in different regions. It is recorded from all states of Australia except Tasmania.
Conclusion: Even if every single last Grey Nurse on the east coast is killed by pissweak skin divers tomorrow, it won’t threaten the species’ survival in any meaningful way.
Conservationists don’t care about that though. They believe a shark has rights like that of a human. If all the grey nurses on the east coast disappear, they see that as a moral crime tantamount to ethnic cleansing. The fact that there’s millions of the fuckers elsewhere in the world doesn’t matter to them.
The way I see it, who cares if there are grey nurses on the east coast if you aren’t allowed to catch them? The only people who would actually be affected in any way would be divers who might like to observe or photograph one. Hardly a disaster in my book.
Extinction of a species, in the sense that there are none left at all, is quite sad (I would love to have a pet Thylacine). Extinction of a local population of people is also very sad (For example, the Aboriginal population of Tasmania).
Extinction of a local population of fish? Not particularly sad at all. Mildly inconvenient, maybe. Hardly something worth the immediate attention of federal and state governments as the Democrats suggest. This is why we refer to such shrill conservationists as the loony left. Because they are.