The Earth is not a warehouse.
And living, breathing animals are not inventory.
Pseudo-conservationists often argue that we should focus solely on numbers, that only the size of wildlife populations matter. They largely ignore the complicated dynamics of ecosystem health, habitat range, and biodiversity.
Worse still, in their quest to sacrifice some for the greater good of a species, they ignore the intrinsic value of individual animals and the importance of those individuals on herds, communities and other various subsets of the population whole.
It saddens me when I hear arguments that private management of farmed elephants, rhinos and lions constitutes an acceptable vision of conservation.
How can we possibly accept a vision of the Earth in which wild animals only have a place if an unfortunate few are forced to surrender their very lives to fund their brethren's survival? That they are forced to live within boundaries of private game ranges specified by real estate transactions rather than within their natural habitat, where they would otherwise thrive the way they were meant to in nature?