View Full Version : Canine Distemper Causing Species Decline

Russell Sova
11-15-2004, 04:10 PM
There was a report on NPR this morning which stated that up to one third of the species in the world are being affected by domestic animal diseases. One example was canine distemper which is being found in siberian tigers.There are only 500 left and one recently was seen in a town in a total state of disorientation. It died two weeks later and it's brain had been turned to mush by distemper. The tigers eat dogs. There are many other cases of bird, particularly chicken, diseases spreading to wild life. Because most viruses are resistant to antibiotics the wild animals are catching it. In Africa many wild animals are being found to have died because of canine distemper. There is probably nothing we can do.

11-16-2004, 03:37 AM
Russel, the world as we know it is falling apart around us, and it's largrely our fault. The next big mass extinction is taking place now and I'd be surprised if we don't go with it.
But never fear, the planet will survive, and somewhere out there is small, insignificant species of something that will take our catastrophy as an oppoprtunity and evolve into, well, who knows what .

martin schulz
11-16-2004, 03:50 AM
Actually skuthorp you are wrong.

The world will not exist without us perceiving it.

11-16-2004, 04:00 AM
Careful Martin, that's philosophy. You'll upset someone!

11-16-2004, 07:41 PM
NPR was bringing forth the question: Do we get diseases from wild animals or is human activity...domestic animals included cause disease in wildlife populations.
We have myth and fact here...How many are worried about Rabies and bats and humans? Cases do exist..The problem is that we do not consider diseases that we carry or our domestic animals carry may have a greater negative effect on wildlife species. The stats are low...and therefore not regarded as being relevant.
What was brought out was that a disease associated with Canines can actually cross to the felines. That is scary. What also amazes me is that many scientists...including the Russian in the PLR blurb still think that wild animals cause disease in humans...