Humans can be the most selfish beings on this planet.
They create problems with natural eco-systems and then choose the easy solution, which invariably means killing the “unwanted” species.
Take the case of possums, for example:
The Australian brush tailed possum was introduced to New Zealand in 1837 to establish a fur trade. In New Zealand there are no predators, which resulted in the increase of the possum population.
Now, according to the New Zealand department of conservation, “the possum has become one of the greatest threats to our natural environment”. Possums are, therefore, considered to be “pests”.
This of course gives people permission to exploit the situation to make money. Every year, over one million possums are trapped and skinned for their fur in New Zealand. These possum fur items are also sold for large sums of money in other countries.
No wonder Sue Boot, whose company Simply Bush harvests around a million possums a year, looks so happy.
(Photos by PETER MEECHAM/FAIRFAX MEDIA).
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