The Yangtze Finless Porpoise

Article And Picture Citation:

"Troubled times for Endangered Yangtze Finless Porpoise." WWF -. N.p., 11 Nov. 2012. Web. 22 Mar. 2015.


This article was a short news article. The Yangtze Finless Porpoise is deeply endangered as there are less than 1,800 Yangtze Finless Porpoises left in the world. These mammals live in the Yangtze river and its two ajoining lakes: the Dongting and the Poyang. China's Ministry of Agriculture, WWF, and the Chinese Academy of Sciences' Institute of Hydrobiology are all working intently on saving the regions finless porpoises since they could not save the Baiji Dolphins almost ten years prior. If no action is taken the porpoise population could lessen to about 200 in the next ten or so years. These porpoises are at risk due to an abundance of reasons, but the most prevalent are boating accidents, sand drudging, and electrofishing. In the river there are alot of boats and the porpoises get struck by the propellors, sand drudging causes the porpoises to struggle with communication, and electrofishing is supposed to stun the finless porpoises with electrical currents, but often ends up killing them. The Chinese are now working on locating all the porpoises in order to better know how many are left in the world.

What Is The Ethical Issue And Why Is It Unjust?

From this article, it is quite clear that this is an ethical issue anout the Yangtze Finless Porpoise. The mammals are going extinct due to multiple human actions. We are shipping materials through their habitat, destroying their homes and causing danage among the porpoises. These animals are often getting hit by the boats propellors, which cuts up their bodies and inflicts pain on them. If they do not die from the strikes, they will from infection or their predators. Then, the sand drudging stirs up the sand in order to make it easier for the ships to get through. The drudging is very loud and messes up the animals underwater communications, so they either cannot find their prey or the other porpoises. Lastly, electrofishing has been found to not just stun the porpoises. In a recent finding, the Chinese found at least two porpoises that died from this fishing method as the porpoises end up swimming into the electrical currents. This is unjust as the finless porpoises are dying out due to all these human interventions. If society was less greedy and money hungry, the fish would not have to suffer. Therefore, society needs to stop harmful fishing practices, controll sand dredging, and develop new reserves to protect the finless porpoises from extinction.

My Position And Reflection Question:

My position on this is that we need to save the Yangtze Finless porpoise from extinction because we do not know how their extinction will effect the nearby ecosystems. The region has already faced a devastating loss of their Baiji Dolphins, so the loss of their finless porpoises would most likely also be devastating. Plus, the Yangtze Finless Porpoise has intrinsic value, which means they have values and rights just for living. Therefore, we need to save them from extinction by adding new regulations to shipping, sand drudging, and electrofishing. The next seven generations deserve to have Yangtze Finless Porpoises too! So my question is, how would you protect the species from dying out?