- There is a clear link between funding and recovering endangered species. Wildlife conservation is grossly underfunded.
- If we are not going to fully fund efforts to recover all endangered species, then it is important to allocate funds to achieve the greatest good.
- A transparent approach designed with costs and other values built in will help us allocate recovery funds to save more species.
- Each choice to fund the protection of one species comes with the consequence of sending unfunded species closer to extinction. Opponents of prioritization just pretend that is not the case by hiding the fact that there is a choice.
It’s easy to misrepresent the field of species prioritization. It’s often tempting to purport that some scientists are advocating for extinction. A few facts: