16 Jan 2012

Too much panda porn



Wiki informs us:

Panda pornography (or Panda porn) refers generally to movies depicting mating pandas, intended to promote sexual arousal in captiveGiant Pandas. Under zoo conditions, the animals have in general proven unenthusiastic about mating, placing their species in danger ofextinction.
The method was popularized following reports of an experiment performed by zoologists in Thailand, in which they showed several captive Giant Pandas at Chiang Mai Zoo a number of pornographic videos featuring other Giant Pandas.[1][2] Though the researchers behind the project state that they believe in a successful mating due to usage of pornographic movies for animals, such success so far has not been achieved outside of China,[3] where 31 cubs were born over a ten month period following commencement of the experiment. Other methods, including the use of Viagra, to stimulate pandas have thus far been unsuccessful.[4]


However there is a sad side to all this Panda themed eroticism.  Its tragic that given the destructive demand of humans in our consume, waste, throwaway extractivist economy their habitats of lush forest have been virtually destroyed.  Our economy means that the species has been reduced to small numbers who are being coerced into sex to prevent their total disappearance.  
 
Species after species is on the edge of extinction.  Zoos are no substitute for proper conservation.  We need to care for the environment or may be the human species will be down to a few breeding pairs desperately using salvaged sex toys to stimulate the continuation of our line.
 
We may ofcourse be smug about the Chinese failing to look after their wildlife but in Britain from the Great Auk to the Wolf we killed our most beautiful animals long ago.
 

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