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What Happened to Responsibility?

If you have read the other posts I’ve uploaded so far, you will know that I try to go out of my way to be extraordinarily fair. I search out different sides to every topic I write about so that I can discuss the pros and cons in order to arrive at a well-educated conclusion. I try to avoid making emotional reactions and try to keep my own personal biases in check. I want to avoid being inflammatory and confrontational as it puts people on the defensive and blocks any progress from being made.

This post is not quite going to be like that. This time, I’m pointing fingers and not holding back my feelings or opinions. Animals are one of the greatest joys in my life. I love having pets and keeping animals of all kinds. I love learning about and seeing animals, whether in the wild, in preserves, in zoos, or on television. I think animals should be understood and cared about. But people are ruining things. Because they’re being stupid. So this time, I’m breaking my own rules about keeping things even-tempered.

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