Professor Says Border Wall Would Devastate 800 Species of Wildlife

By Alasdair Baverstock, 4-10-17, at Fox News: 

Professor Ceballos

A study by Mexico’s top university has revealed that at least 800 species of wildlife will be adversely affected by President Trump’s planned 2,000-mile border wall with Mexico.

Research published by ecologists from the Mexican National Autonomous University has shown that an impassable physical barrier placed into ecosystems inhabited by jaguars, black bears and bighorn sheep will so disrupt patterns of migration as to cause a “natural catastrophe.”

“The U.S.-Mexico border is made up of mountains, jungle, coastline and many other diverse ecosystems,” Professor Gerardo Ceballos, who led the investigation published last week, told Fox News. “Wildlife has populated these regions for millions of years, and has always had freedom of movement to hunt, reproduce and migrate. To make these animals suffer as a result of man’s political agenda is entirely immoral.”

Of the 800 species that will be affected by President Trump’s border wall, 140 are in danger of extinction, including the bald eagle, grey wolf, armadillo and jaguar, a big cat of which remain only 10 in the highlands of the Sonora Desert that straddle Arizona. Those animals whose range will be halved by the border wall’s construction will be impeded in their ability to reproduce with other members of their species, thereby creating a shallower gene pool and heightening the chance of inbreeding.

“It goes against the very principles of evolution that has created these amazing natural environments,” said Professor Ceballos, who has spent the last six months traveling the length of the border, from Tijuana to Texas.

“If the wall is being built to prevent illegal immigration from Mexico into the U.S., then there are more effective and less harmful ways of achieving this goal,” he said.

“Aerial surveillance in areas known for their high density of illegal crossings can be simply achieved by placing thermal cameras on the top of high poles, and working to shorten Border Patrol response times,” he told Fox News. “You can also increase Border Patrol presence in areas where at the moment little exists, and all for a far lower price tag than a border wall, and with no damage to the local ecosystem.

Leonora Esquivel is the founder of AnimaNaturalis, Mexico’s leading animal rights organization, which recently succeeded in banning the use of animals for performance in circuses throughout the country. She says her organization will fight the process of construction at the border wall should U.S. Congress approve it in the federal spending bill this month.

“Animals have no concept of political boundaries created by humans, and to impose a physical barrier that impedes their movement is entirely wrong,” she told Fox News.

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As we’ve come to expect from liberals, this professor just played the environment card, and no doubt we will see support for him on this side of border too. I noticed that he didn’t mention the devastating effects the double-fence on their southern border has had on the animal kingdom. Evidently there is nothing to be gained politically in regard to that border.

Instead of spending money to study the gazillion species along the border area, and instead of spending money to fight us over the fence, they could have easily been spending money to help us enforce the border and keep those poor wretches in Mexico. Instead, and like always, the burden of cost falls on the US. Add to that the expense we bear in housing and transporting them, the welfare funding, and the expense to our legal system – that’s by far more catastrophic than a wall could ever be.

Although not nearly long enough and not nearly secure enough, there are already stretches of solid fence along the border. I’ve yet to see reports of animals dying because they couldn’t get across, so that argument doesn’t work. Although I couldn’t find his report online, out of that 800 species he mentions, I’d bet that many of them are bugs and rodents. And armadillos going extinct?? Puh-leez. The highways are their nemesis, not a border wall.

America has a right to secure her borders regardless of the effects on nature. The people’s safety is our primary concern and as long as illegals can easily cross over, that level of safety is greatly diminished. Build the wall and let the animals figure it out.

I just hate that after traveling many of the roads along our border, some mountainous but mostly desert, I seem to have missed that jungle he said we have.

~Kathy


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7 replies

  1. So where is the anger at the trespassers whose refusal to observe our laws and our border sovereignty are the reason we need the wall? As usual there is none.

    The trespassers are always blameless as far as the Left is concerned. When families are “torn apart” by deportation, it’s Americans/Republicans who are blamed instead of the people who made the choice to come here illegally. Liberals cry for the poor “dreamers,” but never do they point their fingers at the parents who willfully put their children in this situation and who are 100% responsible for their children’s plight. So you’ll have to excuse me if their concern for the animals rings hollow. I’ll believe they’re sincere when they start blaming the true source of the problem.

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    • Good points, CW, guys like the professor never worry about the cause of the problem, but they sure don’t mind whining about the bugs and the lizards.

      As predicted, an environmental group is already suing the Trump admin because of the wall, although it’s not even funded yet nor has construction begun. “Trump’s border wall will divide and destroy the incredible communities and wild landscapes along the border” Kierán Suckling, the group’s executive director, said in a Wednesday statement.

      Obviously, this Einstein has never been anywhere near the border and seen the landscape.

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  2. I’m absolutely shocked that we wouldn’t have already consulted Mexico’s top University to be positive the 800 or so species of Mexicans wouldn’t be devastated by our killer wall.

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    • No doubt, that was next on Trump’s agenda. Who knew they came in so many flavors?

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      • LOL! Funny how it’s named “Mexican National Autonomous University”… In my experience, when a government organization finds it necessary to assert “autonomy” or any other such adjective as part of a name or title, it generally means the opposite is true.

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  3. 800 species? Oh, drat, in that case, we shouldn’t build that pesky wall, right?

    Anyone remember the Delta Smelt? The result of trying to protect a finger-long fish has cost farmers in California millions because water was diverted to help the fish which prevented it from being used to water crops.

    I’m all for keeping species from going extinct, up to a point. When we divert things that are good for humans to try to save some obscure species, what have we gained?

    More than 99 percent of all species, amounting to over five billion species that ever lived on Earth are estimated to be extinct.

    Do you miss them? I don’t.

    Call me callous, but what happened to the survival of the fittest? If a species can’t withstand man’s activities, including all manner of construction that is progress for the human species; don’t they deserve to go the way of the dodo bird?

    Should we ground all aircraft because they may suck a bird into a jet intake or slice one into lunch meat with a propeller?

    Why do the “ecologists” seem to prefer whatever species may be threatened by human activity to humans? It does seem that way.

    In this case, Professor Ceballos warns us that some 800 species may be forced into extinction if the border wall is built. He says, “If the wall is being built to prevent illegal immigration from Mexico into the U.S., then there are more effective and less harmful ways of achieving this goal.”

    Oh? Please enlighten us with those more effective and less harmful ways, we’re all ears.

    Even Bugs Bunny would say, “what a maroon…”

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    • I’m with you Garnet, if we were supposed to save every species from extinction, we’d still have dinosaurs roaming the planet. We have to do what’s practical for humans first, that’s our priority. Besides, as we’ve seen, most of the terrain along our border is pretty rugged, so the animals that live out in that desert are already as tough as boot leather, so they’ll survive just fine.

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