Re: the Exchange of Pandas, Deer and Other Troubled Species

How eerie, with so many species around the world at severe risk of extinction and ecosystems at risk of collapse, and at a time when we need leaders who will acknowledge and address the crisis and its implications for all of us, that two governments should be proudly presenting animals from shrunken or endangered populations to each other as if they were offering the last chocolates in their respective chocolate boxes.

(See Taiwan offers deer, goat in exchange for China pandas, Reuters, 8 Oct 2008)