Modern Day Noah’s Ark

 | June 7, 2009 6:00 AM

My fascination with animals first started with snakes. From there I started reading books about dinosaurs, then killer whales, lions, tigers, weasels, badgers, wolverines, hawks, eagles, ospreys and every other carnivore I could learn about. I was never too interested in the herbivores or omnivores. 🙂

I distinctly remember reading in one of my books about how animals were going extinct and being absolutely stunned.  I couldn’t believe that humans would willingly cause a species of animals to vanish from this earth.  The reality is that an uncountable number of animal and plant species have already vanished because of human activity.  By the end of this century it is quite likely that there will be no more tigers, lions, elephants, rhinoceros, whales, dolphins, gorillas, monkeys, etc. except for the few kept in captivity in zoos.

Some entrepreneurs are recognizing this and taking advantage of it.

Dominion: The Power of Man, the Suffering of Animals, and the Call to MercyTigers?  Even the estimated five thousand still in the wild aren’t safe.  They, too, live in small and broken remnants of forest in India, East Asia, and the Russian Far East.  As their numbers decline, their market value as “aphrodisiacs” only rises, so that a single dead tiger is today worth a fortune, and it would take a Secret Service detail to protect each one of them.  African poachers today are killing off lions, too, and storing up the powdered bones and other parts in expectation of the day when all the tigers are gone and these become the next-best alternative for the Asian market.

Matthew Scully, Dominion: The Power of Man, the Suffering of Animals, and the Call to Mercy , p. 372.

Scientists are recognizing this bleak possibility and are planning for this.  Humans are again playing God but in this case they are doing this by creating a genetic Noah’s Ark.

I had a glimpse of this strange new world myself in April 2001 on a visit to the widely heralded Project Noah’s Ark at Texas A&M University.  It’s one of those genome banks storing away the DNA of endangered species…

Within these tanks … are the sperm, embryos, and skin cells of animals headed for the brink.  Humankind does not yet have the technology to clone all of them … though in theory it can be accomplished one day through the use of surrogate mothers…  Now, while gene pools are still sufficiently diverse, we must go forth and collect samples of the type.

Each tank, a kind of ultimate wildlife refuge, is filled with fifteen gallons of liquid nitrogen…  A cloud of vapor rose as Dr. Kraemer removed the lid to show me the green plastic straws stored inside.  The straws have a label bearing the name of a species expected to die off: Chimp. Lowland Gorilla.  Baboon.  Giraffe.  Bison.  Bighorn Sheep.  Oryx.  Kudu.  Tortoise.  Other straws contain the makings of Lion, Leopard, Rhinoceros, Cape Buffalo.  The sperm, embryo, and skin cells of an African elephant will be arriving soon…

Matthew Scully, Dominion: The Power of Man, the Suffering of Animals, and the Call to Mercy , p. 374.

In the beginning when God created everything that lived and said it was good and to multiply, I don’t think he ever intended this.  Maybe the Bible foretold of this in Hosea 4.

The Charge Against Israel

1 Hear the word of the LORD, you Israelites,
       because the LORD has a charge to bring
       against you who live in the land:
       “There is no faithfulness, no love,
       no acknowledgment of God in the land.

2 There is only cursing, [a] lying and murder,
       stealing and adultery;
       they break all bounds,
       and bloodshed follows bloodshed.

3 Because of this the land mourns, [b]
       and all who live in it waste away;
       the beasts of the field and the birds of the air
       and the fish of the sea are dying.

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