Why the world needs to stop crying about Marius the giraffe
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I tell you what would probably disturb the kids more - if you took them on a day trip to the place where their chicken nuggets and burgers come from. I can guarantee you that a slaughterhouse is a lot more disturbing than seeing Marius in little bits. Anyone whining on about the problematic ethics of this giraffe’s slaughter, who also happens to enjoy a trip down the Tesco sausage aisle, is a gigantic hypocrite jumping on the ‘CUTE’ bandwagon. What happened in this zoo is a considered veterinary decision, typical of, a zoo. As John Berger said, "the zoo cannot but disappoint." And this act is a damn site more ethical than the following footage, which took place in UK slaughterhouses between the years of 2009 and 2011.
We’re so detached from the process of other animals’ deaths (even though it's our consumerism which makes them necessary) that we can just turn a blind eye, whilst wailing in indignation when a giraffe gets fed to some lions - which is, perversely, one of the most ‘natural’ things a zoo could do given that it actually reflects wild hunting habits.
I love animals. I don’t like zoos; they make me feel immensely uncomfortable. I question the benefits of their conservationist and educational efforts when weighed up against the harm they can do (which would be a whole other article). Yet I can respect arguments for why they are an increasing necessity in this crowding, urbanizing planet of ours. I am also neither disgusted nor surprised by Marius’ slaughter, given the context in which it has occurred.
What disgusts me is the poorly considered rush of the general public to protest against the controlled slaughter, in an artificial environment, of one cute animal, because it’s cute and it’s called Marius.
In the meantime, I’m off to start a campaign against the brutal murder of Norman the Blobfish, whose species is in danger of extinction and is actually really special because Norman can propel himself through the deep oceans seemingly without using a muscle – very energy-saving! We could learn a lot from Norman here. He was killed, by the way, from over-fishing.