On the February 9, 2014, a healthy giraffe, Marius, was deliberately killed in a Copenhagen zoo by the zookeepers. Their justification: conservation!
Shocking–yes–but it was no isolated incident. In recent years, European zoos–in the name of genetic diversity–have put down zebra, antelopes, bison, pygmy hippos, and tiny Red River hog piglets.
This is eugenics: controlled breeding to perfect a species. The world would be in up in arms if done by man on man. But man believes it has the right to practice it on animals. How arrogant and immoral!
The work done by zoos and wildlife parks in protecting endangered species must be applauded, but let’s not forget the origins of zoos. They started as man-made prisons for wild animals, captured and taken from their natural environment to a far-off country, and then locked away behind bars to entertain the zoo’s visitors–making good money for the zoo’s owners. Animal gaping became big business, or it wouldn’t have spread so rapidly throughout the world’s cities. Then, as people started to question the morality of these magnificent wild creatures being held in captivity, zoos and wildlife parks turned to breeding their inmates to save endangered species.
Poaching and man’s destruction of natural habitats has almost wiped out the tiger, the black rhino, the Sumatran elephant, the Amur leopard, and the orangutan–to name just a few of the world’s endangered species. Breeding some of these animals in captivity has prolonged and maybe saved their extinction.
But prioritising which animals or breeds of animals should live or die poses deeply moral questions. It’s eugenics–an abhorrent practice, abandoned by most of the world, and made partly illegal under the international law on genocide passed after the Second World War. So why allow it to happen on animals, who can’t voice their views?
Would we voluntarily agree to be put down because we overcrowded the planet, or because our appearance didn’t fit a norm? I don't think so.
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Harry Fingle is an investigative journalist who takes no prisoners, does no favours, and digs until he exposes the truth. He’s honest, popular, but a danger to some people. When his brother and sister-in-law are murdered and he’s fired for no reason, it’s time to bring those who want him dead to account.
Working on and off with his ex-lover, he realises he’s unearthed a conspiracy so shocking it implicates governments. Harry does what he does best. He charges on, regardless of whom he might upset. But then a ruthless Russian assassin is hired…
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The wrong man is murdered in a café in Istanbul. A feared Russian assassin is mortified and vows to right his mistake. Harry Fingle’s lover becomes over-inquisitive, and his spy-friend tells him to watch out.
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Murderers walk free from court, juries are nobbled, spooks leak secrets, police fix investigations, prisoners escape, and the media stay silent. Zero One is dominant. One man controls it.
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