Earth’s wildlife population has dropped 60% in the last 44 years

In the past 44 years, from 1970 to 2014, 60% of the world’s wild animal population with a backbone – fish, birds, amphibians, reptiles and mammal’s – have been wiped out as a result of human consumption patterns.

Unbridled consumption has decimated global wildlife, triggered a mass extinction, and exhausted Earth’s capacity to accommodate humanity’s expanding appetites, a conservation group warned on Tuesday.

These worrying statistics are the results of an ongoing survey of more than 4000 species spread over 16,700 populations worldwide and are part of the WWF’s Living Planet report.

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‘No Nature, No Future’, current human consumption patterns are becoming less and less sustainable. This shocking drop in wildlife populations should be an eye opener to Governments the world over and will hopefully prompt them to introduce new sustainability measures.

These new measures are badly needed, especially in Latin America where 90% of its wildlife population has been lost since 1970. Latin America is a major exporter of beef and deforestation for agricultural purposes has been a known threat to wildlife for years, but these newly released statistics have finally exposed the disturbing extent to which human consumption has affected other species in exchange for our own benefit.

-Daniel Potter