Interesting, isn't it? In the rest of this article, you'll discover even more insider stuff about the topic - and it is simple and easy to follow.
Bird Flu is a serious issue indeed and everyone is worried about a human strain, which could kill millions of people, but luckily with 6 Billion People on the Planet this will not mean the end of the human race. But consider the many endangered species which may end up eating birds who have bird flu and are on their last leg and unable to escape their predators? If those predators eat an infected bird then they could die and many predators such as wild cats, canines, etc, which often eat birds are at severe risk you see?
If a million people die of a pandemic of a human strain of bird flu that would truly be frightful for our species but we would survive and move on. But if a species with 2500 or less were to start dying from Bird Flu that could be their final demise and their species would perish from the Earth forever never to return. The endangered species list is rather long and many of them are in fact birds themselves which are very susceptible to bird flu obviously. But also any species, which eats birds could be at risk.
So often human are ego-centric and fail to see the bigger picture when discussing such issues and that is really too bad as this short sidedness is a fatal flaw in thinking, as so much of what humans are about and the way everything relates to everything else can be in jeopardy and in the cross-hairs of unintended consequences. Consider all this in 2006.