Sunday, March 05, 2006

Poetic Justice
From CNN.com, we learn about a supposed ecological catastrophe:

Scientists are struggling to save the fast-disappearing bonobo, the gentle 'hippie chimp' known for resolving squabbles through sex rather than violence.

Unfortunately, bonobos are prized by Congolese for their tasty meat, and many villagers who are illegally hunting the wiry, wizen-faced apes don't realize how close their prey is to extinction.
Well, no one wants an animal hunted into extinction, right? Especially one that has such an important role in the ecosystem, right?

Well, actually, scientists aren't trying to save them because of their ecological significance, but rather because of their social commentary:
"Bonobos are an icon for peace and love, the world's 'hippie chimps,'" said Sally Coxe of the Washington-based Bonobo Conservation Initiative. "To let them die off would be a catastrophe."
Hmmm. Would it be a catastrophe? Or just an objective lesson that hippie philosophy doesn't work when you have an unyielding adversary?