FOR THOSE WHO believe non-human species should be kept in their place, the last year or so must have afforded much satisfaction. Not content with presiding over the biggest extinction for 65 million years – that’s the judgement of the UN’s latest Global Biodiversity Outlook – human beings have been quick to peg back any rival mammals with aspirations to multiply. These range from harp seals in Canada – some 325,000 clubbed to death last spring – to bears in the US, elephants in Africa and wolves throughout much of the industrialised world. In the UK meanwhile, the list of species potentially targeted ...


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