Actress Stefanie Powers says the extinction of wildlife is a sign of the wastefulness of modern life.

"The destruction of an animal species is the symptom of a disease that is killing us all," she said Friday during an appearance at a department store in Nashville, Tenn., to benefit the William Holden Wildlife Foundation in Kenya."There is a malignancy of neglect that is destroying the infrastructure of our lives," she said. "In this country, we are the greatest consumers and the largest producers of garbage in the world, and we are more wasteful than any society that ever existed in the history of the world."