“”It’s better for the animal to have a good life than to live” and have a bad life…That is the Danish view, which is different from the American view… Nature doesn’t have the same concept of justice as humans.”

I find it ironic that the next paragraph notes:
“Yet some [people] noted a small justice in the fact that the lions killed were among those that had feasted on Marius’s remains.”

I was shocked by the news that a Danish zoo killed a giraffe and fed it to the lions (but didn’t read the article) and was equally shocked to hear that four lions were killed in turn to make room for one lion. This article gave me a bit more insight into the Danish mentality and now I suspect there is more to issues of animal conservation and maintaining genetic diversity than meets the eye.

I believe in animal conservation, but it’s not a realistic approach to keep/save as many animals as we can without a closer look at what exactly it is we are saving. It’s… a much more utilitarian approach.

Article: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/27/world/europe/lion-killing-at-danish-zoo-provokes-fresh-outrage.html?smid=fb-nytimes&WT.z_sma=WO_DZP_20140326&bicmp=AD&bicmlukp=WT.mc_id&bicmst=1388552400000&bicmet=1420088400000&_r=2