I Am Roaring Mad!

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Last month, officials at the Copenhagen Zoo killed a two-year old giraffe and fed its remains to lions as visitors watched.
Now, as part of a generational culling, that same zoo has a new male lion and two new females, so it has killed four other lions, two of which were cubs unable to fend for themselves, to make way for the new pride. The excuse:  They "would have been killed by the new male lion" anyway.
Of course, zoo officials defend the slaughters on the basis of maintaining healthy prides. I strongly disagree. I hate zoos anyway. Animals are meant to be free. While I can understand the concept of breeding endangered species before they become extinct, the process of raising, selecting, and killing the beasts sounds more like an effort to make additional money than to preserve the species.
If a zoo has any value, it is in keeping animals alive in cases where they would perish without care. The idea of killing them to make room for others seems eerily like playing God. The lions killed already had a pride. The zoo has none.
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  1. So trade them to another zoo! I know it's expensive, but that would also spread the genes around.

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    1. Alex: I agree. There is something unholy about just killing them. I don't step on ants and I relocate spiders so this story is particularly upsetting to me. Indiscriminate killing of living things defies Nature's law.

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  2. Alex: I agree. There is something unholy about just killing them. I don't step on ants and I relocate spiders so this story is particularly upsetting to me. Indiscriminate killing of living things defies Nature's law.

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  3. JJ, this post brought tears to my eyes.
    How can they be so cruel? I'm speechless.

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    1. Julia: It is hard to believe in a nation like Denmark that the people do not see the wrongness of it. Awful.

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  4. I read about the killing of that giraffe and I cried buckets. I can't believe that they have done it again. Where is the outrage? If people began to boycott that zoo maybe something would change. Like you... my feelings about zoos were already "on the fence" because I think animals deserve to live in the wild. The only practical reason for a zoo, to my way of thinking, is to help these wild animals live in a controlled environment... because they wouldn't "out there." That becomes a win-win. The animals get a life they wouldn't otherwise get and we get to learn from them. Those folks in Denmark don't seem to be learning anything.

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    1. Robin: Last week, I read another awful story that I won't repeat here. It seems man has arbitrarily determined he has the right of life and death over the animal kingdom. I understand the need for food and the quest for survival, but I do not accept the "needless" taking of any life. I often teach Ethics in college. In fact, I am doing so this semester. We discuss animal rights. You would be alarmed at the percentage of students over the years who have expressed that animals are for our use in any way we see fit. Many find no moral issues surrounding cruelty to animals. Frankly, I would rather share the planet with animals than some humans I've met.

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    2. JJ, I feel the same way. A friend, and I use that term extremely loosely, deleted me on Facebook as a friend because I posted something about heinous treatments of dogs. It was horrible stuff and I said something like that person should get a taste of what they did to this animal. This "friend" became incensed... after all, it was only a dog, and told me he was defriending me. I don't need those sorts of friends and would have told him so, but we weren't "friends" any longer.

      Since he is my age, I am not surprised that the desensitization is only worse as time goes by. It is idiots like that one instilling morals and ethics into the next generation. And on it goes...

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    3. Robin: I can't tell you how many "friends" I have lost over the years because of "moral and ethics." None of us wants to be self-righteous, but there is a basic sense of morality that used to exist. It somehow disappeared. I have no problem with people disagreeing with me. However, in my book, anyone who would hurt or mistreat an animal without a valid reason is not my friend.

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  5. Well, JJ I'm sure since you've read my post about writers killing off a main character you know exactly how I felt about this horrible action! It's a crying shame.

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    1. Karen: I sure did read it, and I sure do know how you feel. After you blog with people for a while, you get to know their personalities. There is no doubt this story would move you. Respect for all living things is just a basic value I have always lived with, and I know you do as well.

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  6. I'm tempted to defer to the superior knowledge of the zoo officials and their experts except I have never heard or read about anything any where like this at any other zoo. I think they are guilty as you charge.

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    1. joeh: Yeah. I am an animal lover, but I am not some protesting nut that throws paint on a lady wearing a fur coat in Quebec. Nevertheless, this is Buffalo Bill stuff. Slaughtering a majestic animal for what I have to believe was profit motivated is just not my speed.

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  7. Yeah, we're not huge fans of zoos either. My youngest decided he wanted to go to the zoo for his last birthday, and we were kind enough to agree. We got season passes because as home schoolers, surely we'd head there and take advantage of the learning opportunities. We haven't been back--and it's not entirely laziness. It's mostly that we don't really like zoos. *shrugs*

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    1. Crystal: I agree. We always took our kids too, but the concept is awful. I can see a purpose, if it is to save a species.

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  8. I totally agree with you, JJ. Wild animals should be free in their environments, not jailed in zoos! And even countries supposed to be "advanced", like Denmark, do this! Shame on them!

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    1. Fanático_Um: I am very happy you agree. It is horrible. I might expect that from some other nations, but I thought Denmark was much more sophisticated.

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  9. I love the zoo. Safaris not being possible, that's where I first saw animals of the wild up close. It's where my children first saw them too. Yes, it is a controlled environment. Yes, the zookeepers could have let the new pride kill off the old one following the all natural survival of the fittest philosophy, instead they did it in a more human fashion. I guess they could have returned the cubs to Africa to run free till they cozied up to another pride that didn't much care for strangers? --Denmark is sophisticated. They have a zoo, they take care of it. If you don't like zoos, campaign against having them entirely. --besides it's too late to set those animals free. They wouldn't have a chance back in the jungle; they like to dine at seven and wouldn't know what to make of the free for all dinner hour.

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    1. Linda: I went to many zoos and took my kids to many more. Nevertheless, we saw live animals. How about this? Keep the pride you have and let another zoo make money with the new pride, and everyone lives. I would not expect them to fight it out. Once in captivity, they could not survive in the jungle. However, I wouldn't kill for my personal convenience, corporation or not. My sense of morality tells me there is something not Natural about the process.

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  10. It is horrible what happened to the giraffe, and the lion cubs. I've also always thought that zoos were supposed to preserve the animals, not destroy them to make room for a fresh batch. Great line about pride.

    Julie

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  11. Here in Seattle there has always been trading of animals and cross breeding for our local zoo. We've had some issues with elephants that don't get along, but I never heard anyone calling for killing them. The elephants are separated and one will be moved to another zoo. I never knew that killing animals was something zoos do for any reason until I saw the giraffe story and was disgusted by all the people who came to 'watch the show' of it all.
    I'm sorry, but the more I learn about European countries, the more I start to feel like they are truly messed up beyond repair in many ways. I know that from the time I was a little kid I never could understand how Europe was seen as so 'refined' what with the holocaust, world wars and all. Maybe I'm just American-centric....
    No matter what nationality you are I would think that you could see that cruelty to animals is wrong. I grew up with a grandfather who raised beef cattle. He would hire a sharp shooter to take meat from the herd for the year for our families. This was done as humanely as possible from 50 plus yards away in the woods and very few shots were fired to get the meat we needed for the year. I remember it being very quick and we kids were talked to about how we would use every last part of the animals in order not to be wasteful of that animals life, including leather gloves for the winter from the hides- and this was with animals that had been bred for food! We did not name them. They were not pets. And yet there was respect for what they were providing us with.

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    1. Jasmine: Europe is beautiful, with a great history, but I'll stay right here in the USA - assuming we elect a real president in 2016.

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  12. I heard about this story on the news not so long ago....It is barbaric and deplorable! How could they do such a thing. They are morally deficient & beyond cruel. :-(

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