Yellow Tang (Zebrasoma flavescens)

Raising “Impossible” Marine Species

When it comes to keeping non-domesticated animals (in this particular case, marine fish), one concern that must be addressed is ensuring sustainable and ecologically friendly methods of acquiring the animals. There is no single correct answer as to how to go about this, but one major factor has to be a focus on captive breeding in order to alleviate pressure on wild populations

Not Marius, but you get the idea...

The Curious Case of Marius the Giraffe

It is very likely that by now you have heard the story that has been going around the internet of Marius the Giraffe. And if you have heard the story, it is most likely that it was written in such a way as to suggest that the entire sequence of events, from the very beginning to the very end, was one travesty after another and that every decision made by the zoo staff was proof of their cruelty and inhumanity. The story you most likely heard was that a zoo in Copenhagen decided it didn’t have room for a male giraffe named Marius so it shot the giraffe, butchered it, and fed it to lions, all in public and in front of kids


The Problem with PETA

When deciding what I wanted my first real post to be (I’m not counting my introductory welcome post as it doesn’t get into any topic too deeply), there were a number of possibilities and a number of topics that I wanted to address. Some of them are somewhat timely topics, like that of Marius the Giraffe, that I feel need to be written soon as they are happening right now (or in the very recent past) and there is still new commentary coming out. Some of them are wider reaching topics that will help develop a background understanding of the problems as I see them, such as an overview of the Animal Rights movement. Ultimately, I decided to address the organization that induced me into actually starting this blog