Letter to the Editor: How About Getting Lobster People in Business

Much has been written about the potential harm lobster fishing tools pose to the endangered right whale. Let’s take a deep breath and note, to quote our dataworld researchers Hannah Ritchie and Max Rosser: “Extinction is a natural part of our planet’s evolutionary history. The 4 billion species that have evolved on Earth Of these, more than 99 percent are now gone. Over the past five centuries, at least 900 species have gone extinct.” Extinction is part of life.

Maybe it’s time for right whales to join that 99% and let our lobster people continue their business and feed their families and ours and all those who work and depend on their jobs and livelihoods to keep the lobster industry a success .

“Save the Whales” (and, as long as they’re involved, all existing species) assign themselves a mission that no species will go extinct under their watch. Since they are the pinnacle of evolutionary development, their ego demands that they can and should control everything that happens on their planet – including the climate. But that’s another topic entirely, and nature will of course deal with it in its own way – as it has been doing for 4 billion years.

Russell Frank

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