Jim, You dont have to say you want them wiped out, you dont even need to say its not your intention that any species is wiped out, but the truth of the matter is, that without regulations to prevent it, that is exactly what would happen. We humans dont know how to say enough. And by that I dont mean you personally, but all of us generally. The price we all pay for those among us that dont have a conscience is regulation. Without it nothing would survive the year let alone the decade or the century.Jim wrote:You are right, you'r being too cryptic. I don't get the bit about wiping them or any species out, nowhere have I said anything like that.
Just for the record, I believe all boats should have mandatory insurance, or at least 3rd party property damage, just like cars.
Next time try your croc with a chili sauce James.
Humans as a species are the only ones that tip the balances. We kill more than we can eat, we harvest more than is sustainable, we push limits and deny science all because of our greed. We have all but wiped out the Southern bluefin tuna, whilst all the while scientists told the industry it had to be regulated. (same with cod and herring in the North sea and Newfoundland, and countless other species in countless other places). Anglers have long lived with bag limits and size limits, why, because some of us cant be trusted otherwise. Fishermen in places like Eden hired lobbyists to forestall regulation regarding tuna and in the end regulation wasnt needed, the species is all but gone as is the cannery. Why do you think it is we need a whaling ban? Without regulation, nothing is safe from us.
So yes, the next time I read a story where a suburb of Cairns is deemed uninhabitable because the crocs have moved in I will chalk one up to the other side. It wont ever happen but you can be assured that next week another species somewhere on earth will have died out. Most likely by a factor of about 100 it was due to the actions of man.
Nuff said on this I think. Leave the crocs be, and cop the regs sweet. You are in their environment not the other way around. And yes, to me the crocs are more important than humans. There is very little chance of the human species nearing extinction anytime soon, quite the contrary, although that exponential population growth could endanger man too and regulation (on birth controls) may be needed, another example of mans inability to self regulate. But thats another subject.
I struggled with the footprint that building my boat would have, but in the end I figured that living aboard, generating my own power and making as small a draw on resources as possible may mitigate that footprint. Nothing is free. Everything costs something. I am sure that protecting crocs so that one day we dont have to look in books or documentaries to remember what they were is a huge benefit of the small price the protections we afford them cost us.