Rebekah Marcarelli
May 27, 2013

Some scientists have termed this time “the sixth great extinction” in Earth’s history, stating that we are gradually losing biodiversity in all types of species, even farm animals, according to a press release from the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).

“The good news is the rate of decline is dropping but the latest data classify 22 percent of domesticated breeds at risk of extinction,” Dr. Zakri Abdul Hamid, Founding Chair of the IPBES stated, in his first-ever public remarks.

A breed of animal is considered endangered when it falls to about 1,000 animals.

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