The Copenhagen Zoo Kills Marius, the Reticulated Giraffe, and Feeds Him to Lions: Meanwhile, Queens Cracks Down on Undercover Cockfighting

Two alarming animal things happened over the weekend, and the conflation of the dual mendacities against human nature leads us to recognize we are not really a wholly civilized world where the weaker among us in the animal world are cared for and protected as we expect them to care for us.

First, Marius, a two-year-old Reticulated Giraffe, was killed by the Copenhagen Zoo — the very entity vested and sworn to protect him — and he was fed to lions because Marius’ genetic stream wasn’t special enough to earn continued living:

The cause of death was a shotgun blast, and after a public autopsy, the animal, who was 11 feet 6 inches, was fed to the zoo’s lions and other big cats.

Administrators said they had decided to kill Marius, who was in good health, because his genes were well represented among the captive giraffe population in European zoos. But that explanation did not satisfy animal rights activists who had mounted a furious last-minute campaign to save him.

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The Dinosaur at the Door: You Own Your Body But Not Your Genes

We are all living under a misconception we decide our lives and own our bodies while the opposite is true.

The law decides our lives.

Our bodies may belong to us, but the law also governs the genetic code that creates us.

Patent Law and not the shared, necessary, Common Law of Universal Humanity rule our genes.

In a riveting Op-Ed piece in this week’s New York Times, author and creative Genius Michael CrichtonJurassic Park, ER, etc. — broke our hearts the day before Valentine’s Day with the following news:

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