Coral Reefs

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Coral Reefs – 22 January 2008

Fifty-five percent of the coral reefs of 49 countries are over fished, according to a study. Mainland China’s rapidly expanding market for reef fish is supplied mostly by Hong Kong traders. Since reef fish take 5 to 10 years to reach breeding age, they are very vulnerable. Coral is destroyed by the cyanide that is used to capture the fish alive, and 75 percent of these fish die before they reach the markets.

In addition to cyanide fishing, people are responsible for the destruction of coral reefs through pollution, sewage, erosion, and increased tourism in precarious sites. When it comes to “saving” the “environment” or “wildlife,” isn’t it interesting that the majority of humans and the organizations they support are motivated only by selfishness? They want to have more nonhuman victims to kill for fun and to feed their gluttony and/or their egos. Where are the kindness, gentleness, and compassion that Jesus preached?

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