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I don't think so. Every species is interlinked with every other species. In that sense, no one species is more important than any other. We all need all of us.

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I just think it's rude to pull the "shouldn't you be donating to humans?" card when someone is donating to help endangered animals and animal shelters. As long as they're donating towards a good cause, why are you getting picky? Go donate to help humans, since they are so very important to you, and let people donate towards things they believe in and support. It's a good thing either way. Don't criticize someone or get picky about their good actions.

Imagine donating some money to a homeless man in america and someone comes up to you like "shouldn't be donating to homeless people in africa? they have it way worse. 😕"
It's low, and unnecessary. Help is help. On an individual level, every person and every animal deserves a better quality of life if it can be provided.

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3 minutes ago, Vickery said:

I just think it's rude to pull the "shouldn't you be donating to humans?" card when someone is donating to help endangered animals and animal shelters. As long as they're donating towards a good cause, why are you getting picky? Go donate to help humans, since they are so very important to you, and let people donate towards things they believe in and support. It's a good thing either way. Don't criticize someone or get picky about their good actions.

Imagine donating some money to a homeless man in america and someone comes up to you like "shouldn't be donating to homeless people in africa? they have it way worse. 😕"
It's low, and unnecessary. Help is help. On an individual level, every person and every animal deserves a better quality of life if it can be provided.

 

Absolutely - I totally agree. The attitude taken by the OP was just asking to upset someone. I actually have monthly direct payments set up to two HUMAN charities, and I buy food for beggars on the street when I have the chance.. Just saying that they are NOT "more important" than animal charities, and humans are not "more important" than animals.. But giving is giving and is a good thing - though I have to say I do buy into "give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for life".

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I think the answer is yes. Here's why:

 

Over history there is a lot proof that humans have impacts on just about everything...number of species, temperature, gas ratios, pollution, chemicals released into the environment. We are at a point where, whether we like it or not, humans have the power to save or destroy whatever they want, whether it may be intentional or not. Right now, humans might as well be the apex species and/or keystone species for the entire planet -- it wouldn't take much for humans to undo centuries and millenia of "natural" cycles and processes. Outside of Earth, humans are still a force to be reckoned with, I bet.

 

Not to mention, I don't think there is any other species on the planet that could survive in as many circumstances as humans. As much as I don't like it, humans will continue to exist even if most of the ecosystem is wiped out. Humans are incredibly adaptable and use technology to overcome some of the most challenging situations known.

 

So that's why I think humans are important than other species. Not for any opinion reason, but because they just have so much power. They can't be ignored.

 

On a less related note, I think the idea of "importance" is also a human-made concept. I don't think many species have that idea, so it will always be biased. The question "is X more important" really depends on context. More important for survival of the planet? More important as a mammal? The way I answered this question is more focused on the planet and its sustainability, which I think is probably the most valuable thing known in the universe at present.

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