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We’re eating Earth’s largest animals into extinction

Humanity’s meat-eating habits are killing off Earth’s biggest animals at an alarming rate. That’s according to a shocking new study, which found that at least 150 species of large animals are at risk of extinction. The findings were published in Conservation Letters. Scientists warned that meat-heavy diets and traditional medicine practices are largely to blame for sharp declines in “megafauna,” the term boffins use to describe Earth’s largest creatures. Animals such as lions, elephants, giraffes, rhinos, whales, sharks, sea turtles, alligators and flightless birds like the ostrich were analyzed in the work. “Our results suggest we’re in the process of eating megafauna to extinction,” said study author and Oregan St ...