Saving endangered **what**, exactly?
“Nearly a third of all amphibian and reptile species are estimated to be in serious risk of extinction. We are at a point where thousands of species are at much greater risk than minke whales. Yet the choice is to take those resources we have and put them into "stopping whaling". Trying to save a small set of species not actually threatened by whaling, and giving up on so many more species that are in more urgent need, isn’t the optimal approach. And the fact that this strategy to stop whaling has not succeeded in 30 years feels like a colossal waste of money.”
But there’s an assumption built into that, notes Eric Crampton: It “assumes that activist attention tends to improve outcomes for the target species.
“I'd been of the impression that it often did more harm than good, ensuring that property and market based solutions were politically impossible.”
“Do the odds of weka meat farming being legalized go up or down if Greenpeace suddenly stops caring about whales and starts caring about weka?”