BBC Expert Wants Us to Let the Pandas Die

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My wife kinda-sorta loves panda bears. She doesn’t love ‘em in a nutso way, and she might not even be what you’d call a panda-geek, but we do have a couple of panda ornaments and a panda pillow. So, I feel safe in saying that she’d be mortified—okay, who wouldn’t?—at the idea proposed by BBC expert Chris Packham that “we should pull the plug” on the species.

“Here is a species that, of its own accord, has gone down an evolutionary cul-de-sac. It’s not a strong species,” he said.

“Unfortunately, it’s big and cute and a symbol of the World Wide Fund for Nature and we pour millions of pounds into into panda conservation

“I reckon we should pull the plug. Let them go, with a degree of dignity.”

Buzzfeed has predictably amusing and tongue-in-cheek coverage, and I’m torn between following in their footsteps and creating my own “Pandas Must Die” sign and finding a way to contribute to the WWF just to prove a point.