And the killing goes on and on
During the past two months five zoo animals have been needlessly killed, and these events have really stirred up innumerable people, including those who never got involved in issues centering on animal protection. To wit, Marius, a young and healthy giraffe, was killed at the Copenhagen zoo because he was considered to be a disposable object because he didn't fit into the zoo's breeding program. Marius was killed despite another facility offering him sanctuary so that he could live out the rest of his life in peace and safety. I call the global concern that was generated by killing him "The Marius Effect."
As if killing Marius wasn't enough, two adult and two young lions were later killed at the same zoo "in the name of conservation and breeding" (see also). While the zoo claims the animals were euthanized, of course this wasn't euthanasia -- mercy killing -- but rather "zoothanasia," heartless and needless elimination conducted by zoos when animals are deemed to surplus beings who no longer are useful to them or are too difficult to house.