S: Look Ameen, you'll find this interesting. African wildlife rangers are fitting cameras into the horns of endangered rhinoceros, so that the poachers can be identified. Ingenious isn’t it? Maybe you can put tiny cameras in the horns of your buffalos at your village; perhaps they won't be stolen anymore.

A: The village will brand me a lunatic, and the thieves will start wrapping shawls around their faces; ingenious idea, but futile. I’d be better served hiring more farmhands. I wonder if this thought occurred to the wildlife rangers.

S: It must have, they are not idiots. Even if there is such an easy counter to such a strategy, poaching is a serious crime, and all efforts to stop it must be made, even the outrageous one. The Black Rhinoceros is highly endangered, only a handful remains. In some wildlife parks, armed guards are posted to protect them around the clock.

A: I wish them the best of luck, but don’t expect me to support this nonsense.

S: You think protecting endangered species is nonsense? You’re the first person I’ve met who has said that.

A: Nonsense is too strong a word, I do support the efforts of the WWF and I sincerely wish them the best of luck, but I also think that the notion of protecting other species is another example of human pride and insolence. Species go extinct all the time and new ones take their place at the same pace. Who are we to stop this natural process and say that what we decree endangered should stay alive?

S: Because we are the ones causing the extinction. This is not some natural process anymore, we destroy natural habitats at a frightening pace and nature cannot cope. It is our job to clean up after ourselves.

A: Even so, there have been several mass extinction events in prehistoric times, be it through rapid climate change or some other reason, but nature has always found a way to respond, maybe humanity is another such event, and nature will respond with more durable species this time.

S: ‘Humanity is another extinction event’, now that is a thought.