All over the Earth
Equal rights for parasites!
All life forms conserved!
Most of the species on Earth are parasites, so parasites are an
integral part of Earth’s biosphere. Parasites enable ecosystems to
function, mainly by preventing monocultures and generating
biodiversity. Therefore, it certainly seems prudent to conserve
parasites. Admittedly, parasites are not warm, fuzzy attractions and
even horrify most people. Consequently, conserving parasites is an
uphill battle. To cheer on supporters, I came up with the catchy
slogan, “Equal rights for parasites!”
Windsor, Donald A. Equal rights for parasites. Perspectives in
Biology and Medicine 1997 Winter; 40(2): 222-229. https://doi.org/10.1353/pbm.1997.0011
Windsor, Donald A. Most of the species on Earth are parasites.
International Journal for Parasitology 1998 Dec; 28(12): 1939-1941. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0020-7519(98)00153-2
Windsor, Donald A. Parasites’ rights gaining ground. Nature 2017 December 21/28; 552(7685): 334. https://doi.org/10.1038/d41586-017-08873-3
Donald A. Windsor, a biologist with a multidisciplinary background, is
fascinated by the enormous impact parasites have on ecosystems. He
retired from industrial pharmaceutical research and development 23
years ago. He is currently affiliated with the Ronin Institute for
Independent Scholarship. His blog is: