We should respect life (I know, this risks getting into the abortion issue, but ...).
However, I have seen this principle used by activists to wield power over other people and to trash their lives with a self-righteous enforcement of the activists' chosen agenda. Any way you slice it, that turns into despotism.
Human beings are not God. It does not devolve upon us to wrest Nature into line with how we think things ought to be. If some animal species is waning, I don't advocate killing off some other species to save it.
(This question is awfully broad, isn't it? The drosophila fruit-fly vs. the spider-monkey?)
And I do not count human beings as just another "species". Wanton ravaging of nature can be addressed - and is BEING addressed. But, in the situation of a recent question, cliff beetles are NOT more important than people. ... And if they are valuable to the surrounding area, then MOVE them to the surrounding area
at 5:34 PM on Feb. 10, 2010