British Conservationist: Let Pandas Die


Chris Packham, a British conservationist, photographer, and TV presenter, has angered the World Wildlife Fund for remarks that the world should give up on the Panda species and let them die out because they're stuck in an "evolutionary cul-de-sac".

Said Packham: "Pandas are my frequent whipping boy. Here is a species that, of its own accord, has gone down an evolutionary cul-de-sac. It's not a strong species. Unfortunately,
it's big and cute and a symbol of the World Wide Fund for Nature and we
pour millions of pounds into panda conservation. I reckon we should pull the plug. Let them go, with a degree of dignity."

Posted September 24, 2009 at 12:19pm ETC by Andy Towle
in Nature, News