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What is the impact of invasive species? Show more Show less
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Invasive plant and animal species live in virtually all areas of the globe. The reason for their unnatural presence is because humans have accidentally or deliberately introduced them to new ecosystems. Because they have been introduced to new habitats they are not initially meant to be in, invasive species have negatively impacted their new homes. How extensive is their damage and are all invasive species harmful?

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Invasive species have a negative reputation for good reason. They have ruined ecosystems by eating native plants and animals. Because of their negative effects, invasive species should be relocated or eradicated.
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Invasive species eat native animals

Invasive species eat native animals. Without native species, the ecosystem they reside in will suffer.

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Invasive animals eat native wildlife. For example, the Everglades in Florida has anacondas, pythons, iguanas, and wild boars that eat native animals such as crocodiles and smaller mammals. Since they are not natural predators, native animals do not stand a chance of defending themselves.

Counter arguments

Invasive species can get rid of pests. The Harlequin Ladybird was introduced to Europe and North America to control aphids which killed crops.[1] Invasive species benefit ecological systems, not harm them.

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Premises

[P1] Invasive species eat native wildlife. [P2] Predatory invasive species put native species at a disadvantage.

Rejecting the premises

[Rejecting P1] Not all invasive species eat native wildlife. [Rejecting P2] Native animal species can adapt to changes.

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  1. https://eandt.theiet.org/content/articles/2018/05/top-10-invasive-species-when-pest-control-goes-wrong/

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