It is fairly easy to argue that biodiversity is essential to life. Inter-species relationships support the well-being of entire eco-systems, which in turn support populations of other animals, plants, and humans. Nevertheless, the approach to maintain healthy, thriving biodiversity on Earth is not quite something that is unanimously agreed upon.
When put up against the timeline of the universe (or even the Planet Earth) new species come into being and go out to extinction in no time at all. If all life on the planet suddenly stopped evolving, it would have catastrophic consequences. It is also without a doubt that humans are responsible for the extension of hundreds of species of animals. Thankfully, large strides are being made to slow down and eventually prevent this entirely. However, are we moving in the right direction? Are our current methods of preserving and/or conserving biodiversity effective, or are they halting the time-honored tradition of natural selection?