Thursday, May 26, 2005

A bankrupt zoo, and our bankrupt ethics

This zoo in China watches helplessly as its animals starve to death.
A bankrupt zoo in central China has watched helplessly as dozens of its animals, including at least eight lions and 12 ostriches, have starved to death, domestic media said on Thursday.
Zoos have sprung up across China in the past decade to meet a growing appetite for entertainment among increasingly affluent Chinese, but many provide wretched conditions, inept management and cannot draw enough visitors to cover their costs...
The zoo had more than 500 animals when it opened in October 2003, but only three lions, one tiger and some other animals were still there, the paper said without elaborating.

Read the whole thing, and it's not pretty.