THERE has been some recent scientific discussion about resurrecting the mammoth by combining DNA from living elephants with that from carcasses preserved in the Siberian permafrost.

Sounds implausible, but wouldn’t it be wonderful if it were ever to come true?

I mean, to have one of the most iconic prehistoric animals alive and back with us again?

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However, there have been criticisms that such a project would be unnatural and therefore dangerous.

But hold on – there’s an awful lot that’s unnatural and dangerous going on around us all the time, and it’s not the rescue of extinct species.

It’s the wholesale and wanton destruction of such beautiful creatures thanks to human greed, stupidity, arrogance and brutality.

I would devoutly love to stop all unnatural and destructive practices. Three I would make a start with are industrial long-line fishing; factory-farming, and ivory poaching.

Tony Kelly, Crook