I saw this story about Marius the Giraffe over at TPM, and while it's easy to understand that the zoo felt the animal needed to be put down, and it's also easy to understand that animal rights groups were upset over the poor creature's fate, this is not at all easy to understand:
Marius, a healthy male, was put down Sunday using a bolt pistol, said zoo spokesman Tobias Stenbaek Bro. Visitors, including children, were invited to watch while the giraffe was then skinned and fed to the lions.
Say what now? What kind of zoo invites children to watch one of its animals be killed, butchered and thrown to the lions? Is there something wrong with Danes that this seems like an enjoyable experience for a bunch of gradeschoolers? Is the idea that children should learn about the brutality of life and the inevitability of death in the most graphic way imaginable at the earliest possible age? Worst. Field trip. Ever.