IELTS Writing Task 2 – Wild animals protection

Some people think that a huge amount of time and money is spent on the protection of wild animals, and that this money could be better spent on the human population. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this opinion?

Balanced answer


Some people argue that the time and funding allocated to the conversation of wild animals is verging on excess1, and these resources should be diverted to projects that directly benefit humans. While this thinking is somewhat justifiable, I would contend that it is in the interests of humankind to put more efforts into protecting wild animals.

Paragraph 1

  • Topic sentence: In my opinion, it is understandable why some people think that too much time and money is currently spending on wildlife conservation.
  • 1st reason: Advocates may argue that there are more pressing issues nowadays that need addressing than protecting wild animals.
  • Example: For instance, nations where unemployment and poverty are rife, are in dire need of funding to remedy such problems and raise living standards.
  • Explain: Compared to these urgent needs, combatting the extinction of some animals does seem like an unworthy cause.

Paragraph 2

  • Topic sentence: However, notwithstanding the fact that there are indeed many crucial areas for countries to pay attention to, I believe it would be unwise/absurd to ignore/downplay the unshaken importance of wildlife preservation/protecting threatened species.
  • 1st reason: In fact, humans have an inextricable/ inseparable relationship with wildlife, which means that even if a single wild species is missing from the ecosystem, it may disrupt the whole food chain, ultimately leading the disastrous/catastrophic results for human life.
  • Example: For example, pollinating insects like bumblebees play an integral role in the growth of crops. Therefore, the decline in these creatures has understandably provoked widespread concern regarding agricultural productivity.
  • 2nd reason: Besides, it is usually the protection of natural habitats that ensures the survival of wild animals, and most scientists agree that these habitats are also crucial for human survival.
  • Example: For example, rainforests produce oxygen, absorb carbon dioxide and stabilize the Earth’s climate.
  • Explain: If we destroyed these areas, the costs of managing the resulting changes to our planet would by far outweigh the costs of conservation. By protecting wild animals and their habitats, we maintain the natural balance of all life on Earth.


In conclusion, while it seem that time and budget are misspent in saving wild animals, I am convinced that it is of great importance to the existence of human beings.

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