Unless you’ve been living in a hole the past week or two, odds are you have heard about the Minnesota dentist that killed Cecil the Lion, a popular favorite who was being tracked and studied in a nature preserve in Zimbabwe. The media, as it occasionally does, has strongly latched onto this story and the reactions have been passionate and far reaching. The story has been picked up by perhaps every major news outlet in the US (for example, on CNN , the New York Times , and Fox News. Jimmy Kimmel made a passionate speech about it on his late night show that has currently received over seven million views on YouTube. What is it that has incited such rage, and is that rage justified?
I recently came across this article from the National Audubon Society about a parrot rescue group in Southern California who is rehabilitating and re-releasing injured parrots. The hitch in this plan? There are no parrots that are native to Southern California. All of the birds being released were non-native species that should never have been there in the first place.
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