Professor Aubrey Furness, the controversial revisionist naturalist, was in the news yesterday when he argued that nature conservation was not only pointless but probably anti Christian.
Speaking at the launch of his new book, ‘The Attenborough Delusion’ Prof Furness said ‘I’ve been studying nature for some 40 years and have come to the conclusion that there is little point in saving a species if it can’t look after itself properly.’
Warming to his theme, Prof Furness said that apart from a few cute Sunday evening TV programmes which he called the “Ah Factor”, it made little difference to most people whether wildlife existed or not.
‘I mean who would really miss a spiny toed baboon apart from another spiny toed baboon?’ he continued, ‘And it’s no point in giving me that ‘man’s closest relative’ nonsense. My closest relative is my wife and I’m not sure I’d really want to save her if it came to it.’
‘I know that it is said that God put all creatures on the plant for purpose. In my book, I’m suggesting that His purpose was that some of them have a natural time span and shouldn’t survive any longer. In fact, by helping then pathetically cling to life we are working against God’s will. Ultimately, their extinction just means that creatures have reached their ‘live by’ date. ’
Prof Furness is no stranger to controversy. In 1990 he revealed that he had conducted a long distance affair for many years with a Tibetan yak who he had met on a Himalayan expedition. Speaking candidly yesterday he admitted that it had been a very difficult time for himself and his lover as ‘there was no internet connection in those days.’