"But once they get to a certain age and are deemed to be surplus to requirements then economics often dictate they be disposed of -- as was the case with Marius."
While many zoos tout their efforts to breed animals in captivity is a pure-hearted attempt at species conservation, Tyler calls such claims an "elaborate fraud" used to justify what amounts to "galleries of captive beasts; freak shows for a gawping, shrieking public."
Like most animals held at zoos, giraffes are not in danger of dying out for want of steady reproduction -- yet Marius's lack of value as a breeder was deemed more important than his existence itself. This commoditization of zoo animals, says Tyler, actually undermines the public's perception of wildlife conservation.
Ultimately, as it becomes clearer that needless destruction of a healthy animal at the Copenhagen is part of common practice in captivity centers around the world -- outrage shouldn't be directed at one zoo in particular, Tyler asserts, but the zoo industry at large.