The Valpo Core Reader


Tad Hartmann

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Argument Essay

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"Save the whales" the morning newspaper headlines read. "Save the whales" glows the florescent bumper sticker on the back of the station wagon. "Save the Whales" shout the demonstrators that gather in public places. Saving the whales is an important goal that needs much attention. But I ask you, empathetic reader, are whales the only creatures that need protection? What about numerous other animals that are on the endangered species list? Some of the whales' neighbors that share the same oceans are in even greater jeopardy than the whale. The sea turtles, for instance, are not only faced with a number of predators that devour them as young, but also with humans who continues to chip away at their populations at a rate that could mean total extinction for some species as soon as the year 2000.