When these forests are cut down, the plants and animals that live in the forests are destroyed, and some species are at risk of being made extinct.
Further, as the large-scale harvesting of lumber from the rain forests continues, the balance of the earth's eco-system is disrupted.
Parrots and iguanas, for example, are often imported illegally.
We should not buy these animals, since that encourages other people to bring in more animals.
“Seventy percent of Earth’s land animals and plants live in forests, and many cannot survive the deforestation that destroys their homes.” The trees of the rainforest that provide shelter for some species also provide the canopy that regulates the temperature, a necessity for many others.
Its removal through deforestation would allow a more drastic temperature variation from day to night, much like a desert, which could prove fatal for current inhabitants.
With fewer trees left, due to deforestation, there is less water in the air to be returned to the soil.
In turn, this causes dryer soil and the inability to grow crops, an ironic twist when considered against the fact that 80% of deforestation comes from small-scale agriculture and cattle ranching.
Rainforests also provide us with many valuable medicinal plants, and may be a source of a cure from some deadly diseases.
Forests can be managed effectively without endangering rare species of plants and animals and without risking global environmental damage.